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Blaze Pizza

Leadership

A year of surprising retirements

A number of prominent restaurant industry executives decided in 2019 to kick back and savor their success. Here’s a sampling.

Leadership

Mandy Shaw named Blaze Pizza CEO

Shaw, previously the fast-casual chain’s CFO, takes over for Jim Mizes, who retired in August.

WKS now operates 287 restaurants in total and ranks as Denny’s largest licensee.

Bill Phelps is now the CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken, a growing fast casual selling spicy chicken tenders and sliders.

The new pies are intended for sharing—and beating Domino’s, say execs.

The fast-casual pizza chain named Amanda Shaw interim CEO as it looks for a replacement.

Rick Wetzel joins "A Deeper Dive" to talk about raising funds for expansion, LeBron James and taking on Domino’s.

The chain, which has been testing larger pies, will soon compete more directly with legacy pizza concepts, and its co-founder is “thrilled,” says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Blaze Pizza's newest pies feature keto-friendly crusts and plant-forward toppings.

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