Los Angeles-based fast-casual pizza chain, Blaze Pizza, has named former C3 chief operating officer Brad Reynolds as the company’s new chief financial officer. In his new role, Reynolds will be tasked with supporting Blaze Pizza’s “significant growth trajectory” as the company undergoes an aggressive expansion in multiple markets, including the Northeast and Texas.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brad to our executive leadership team in the midst of an exciting period for our brand,” Blaze Pizza CEO Mandy Shaw said in a statement. “As we continue accelerating growth nationwide, Brad’s expertise will be an invaluable asset in identifying new opportunities to invest in strategic initiatives targeting development and restaurant profitability. Brad’s wide-ranging financial background and operational chops, means he offers the perfect blend of insight to add to the mix at Blaze, and I have no doubt his contributions to the brand will surpass our expectations.”
Prior to joining Blaze Pizza, Reynolds led all operational business units for rapidly growing off-premise-focused company C3. Before that he held various roles at the Denver-based burger chain, Smashburger, including chief financial officer.
“I couldn't think of a better time than now to join Blaze Pizza, with the brand achieving remarkable growth over the past several years even in the face of the obstacles COVID-19 imposed on the restaurant industry,” Reynolds said in a statement. “Last year, Blaze pivoted and revolutionized the concept from an operational and development standpoint in a matter of just a few weeks, and I'm thrilled to be joining the executive team responsible for such swift, decisive action.”
Blaze Pizza currently operates more than 340 restaurants across 38 states and 6 countries.
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