Published : Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 2:07 PM
Mandy Shaw has been with Blaze Pizza since 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, and has served as Interim CEO since August 2019. She has been playing a critical role in the company’s rapid growth over the past two years, a Blaze Pizza statement said.
“Mandy is stepping into the CEO role with a unique understanding of the brand,” Rick Wetzel, Blaze Pizza co-founder, said. “Since joining just under two years ago, she has demonstrated a blend of entrepreneurial spirit, brand vision and operational expertise that make her the perfect fit to lead this company.”
Shaw takes over as Blaze is showing significant momentum due to recent new product launches, including new specialty crusts and a clean-ingredient 14-inch large pizza, which have been garnering significant national media attention.
Blaze Pizza currently operates 340 restaurants across 41 states and 6 countries, and the Pasadena-based company has established itself as the premier destination for fast artisanal pizza.
“I am thrilled to be stepping into this new role with Blaze and I am excited to hit the ground running,” Shaw said. “This company was built on partnering with exceptional franchisees to provide world-class guest experiences, and I look forward to helping Blaze continue to deliver on that promise.”
The statement said Blaze Pizza gave Shaw considerable credit for driving growth, fostering strong relationships with franchisees and spearheading the Company’s focus on digital innovation, technology and systems.
A seasoned executive, Shaw previously worked in a number of roles at Bloomin’ Brands for over 12 years, including serving as Chief Information Officer and Chief Accounting Officer, before making her move to Los Angeles to join Blaze.
Shaw acquired her BS in Accounting degree from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business in 1994. She was with Pricewaterhouse Coopers for about eight years before joining Bloomin’ Brands, according to her LinkedIn profile.