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MOD Pizza adds president to COO Paul Twohig’s role

Fast-casual chain also promotes two additional executives

MOD Super-Fast Pizza Holdings LLC, parent to the fast-casual MOD Pizza chain, has promoted Paul Twohig (left), chief operating officer, to the additional new position of president, the company said Thursday.

Twohig will continue to oversee the Seattle-based company’s operations while also leading restaurant development, real estate, design, construction, culinary, supply chain, innovation and international and franchise operations, the company said.

In addition to Twohig’s expanded role, Lisa Luebeck was promoted to senior vice president of legal and general counsel, and Megan Hansen was named senior vice president of people. The new appointments are effective immediately, and a MOD Pizza spokesperson said co-founder Scott Svenson would remain as CEO.

“Each of them has been integral to our success over the past few years,” Svenson said in a statement.

Ally Svenson, MOD Pizza’s chief purpose officer and co-founder, added: “Most importantly, they each exemplify MOD’s core values and are strong champions of our mission to use the business to make a positive social impact.”

Twohig has served on MOD Pizza’s advisory board since 2008 and formally joined MOD as COO in July 2017 from Dunkin’ Donuts, where he served as president of U.S. and Canadian operations. Prior to Dunkin’ Donuts, Twohig was chief operating officer of Panera Bread Co. and spent a total of 14 years at Starbucks Corp. in executive roles in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Luebeck joined MOD in January 2016 as vice president of legal and first general counsel. Hansen joined the company in November 2016 to lead human resources and talent management.

In March, MOD Pizza announced financial results for 2017, which included systemwide sales of $275 million, an 81-percent increase over 2016.

MOD Pizza has more than 325 units in 27 states and the United Kingdom.

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