Renowned Pizza Trade Expert Selected to Oversee Franchise Sales Growth
July 10, 2009 // Franchising.com // The Colony, TX - Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI), an international pizza chain famous for its traditional and specialty pizzas, recently announced the appointment of internationally respected franchise executive Anthony Kwok as Managing Director of Development, Asia Pacific.
Kwok, who most recently served as Regional Director of Development and Franchising for Domino's Pizza in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will be responsible for managing a sector of Pizza Inn's international franchise development program and overseeing franchise sales growth in the Asian Pacific region.
"Mr. Kwok is a solid addition to the Pizza Inn team and a seasoned professional that we are eager to begin managing the Asian Pacific region," said Charlie Morrison, CEO of Pizza Inn, Inc. "He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in building franchise development programs and we are proud to have him on board."
Kwok's executive experience spans more than two decades in developing restaurants in domestic and international settings. He has established himself as a leader in concept and franchise development, strategic planning and operations management, holding executive positions with such brand giants as Papa Murphy's International, Wendy's International, Hardee's Food Systems and Burger King Corporation, among others. During his professional tenure, Kwok has held various positions, from President of Operations and Managing Director, to Franchise Area Director and District Manager.
With over 18 years of international experience, Pizza Inn boasts 68 locations throughout nine countries with a strong presence in the Middle Eastern region. The two locations in China will soon be joined by locations in Oman and Bangladesh, increasing their presence even further. Kwok is the ideal candidate to continue to build upon the company's already impressive international resume.
"Pizza Inn's remarkable freshness, quality and value of their products set them apart from the competition," said Kwok. "I am honored to promote these factors and firmly believe the exceptional buffet prototype at Pizza Inn will be a successful operation to develop in the Asian Pacific territory. I am eager to begin promoting the brand and driving a new pizza industry sector forward."
Pizza Inn has benefited from consumer's increasing commitment to family-friendly dining, affordable pricing and freshly-made food items. The company is actively seeking to grow their franchise system domestically and internationally.
Pizza Inn was recently acknowledged for its success as 2008's Pizza Chain of the Year by Pizza Marketplace.
Headquartered in The Colony, TX, Pizza Inn, Inc., is an international pizza chain featuring traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches, and desserts. Founded in 1985, publicly traded Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI) franchises approximately 320 restaurants and own two restaurants with annual, domestic and international chain-wide sales of approximately $135 million.