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Blaze Pizza


Focus Brands President Beto Guajardo named CEO of Blaze Pizza

Guajardo replaces Mandy Shaw, who led the fast-casual chain through the pandemic.


Beto Guajardo’s plan to build on brand love at Blaze Pizza

The chain’s new CEO sees opportunities for evaluation and renewal as it prepares for a next trajectory of growth.

Sources say she is leaving the fast-casual pizza chain, though details of the departure and its timing are not yet clear.

Yancey, an industry veteran, has served as vice president of franchise development at the fast-casual pizza chain since 2020.

The fast casual, which did the majority of its business in-restaurant before the pandemic, is navigating the new reality amid a tight labor market.

Blaze Pizza hires Brad Reynolds as CFO. Reynolds most recently served as COO of multiconcept ghost kitchen operator C3.

Demery previously worked with Blaze CEO Mandy Shaw at Bloomin’ Brands.

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These chains, which had largely relied on dine-in business before the crisis, are playing catch-up with quick-service brands.

Parties and trick-or-treating may be a no-go this year, but operators are scaring up fun activities and menu items to make up for it.

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