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MOD Pizza Announces Leadership Promotions

John Maguire Becomes President and Chief Operating Officer

January 28, 2020 // // SEATTLE - MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC (“MOD Pizza”, “MOD” or the “Company”) today announced two executive-level promotions. Effective immediately, John Maguire has been named President and Chief Operating Officer and Steve O’Neill has been elevated to Vice President of Partnerships. MOD also announced a series of strategic leadership promotions to strengthen nationwide operations as the brand looks towards the opening of its 500th store later this year.

Maguire joined MOD as COO in 2018 and adds the title of president after the recent retirement of Paul Twohig. Maguire will continue to oversee all aspects of company and franchise operations and will also lead operations services & excellence, training, supply chain and franchising; he reports directly to Scott Svenson, MOD co-founder and CEO. Prior to MOD, Maguire was President and Chief Executive Officer of FIC Restaurants Inc. (Friendly’s restaurants), President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnny Rockets Group, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Panera Bread.

“John has made an incredible impact since joining MOD, helping to strengthen day-to-day operations across the system, as well as shape the path for our next phase of growth. One of John’s best qualities is that he is a people person first, and carries the MOD culture of servant leadership through everything he touches. We feel very lucky to have him as part of the team as we embark on an ambitious path for the future,” said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD. “We’d also like to give a huge, heartfelt thanks to Paul for the innumerable contributions he’s made to the business. Without a doubt, MOD is stronger because of the time Paul spent with us. Thankfully, he will remain on our advisory board – and active as a MOD franchisee – helping to guide us as we continue to write the story of MOD as the leader in fast casual pizza.”

O’Neill has been with MOD since 2013, building and leading the operations services & excellence teams. In his new role as VP of Partnerships, he will oversee the MOD franchise partnership group, which currently consists of 9 franchise partners and 92 locations in the US and Canada. O’Neill previously spent 10 years with Starbucks in various leadership positions, and 20 years in operations with The Walt Disney Company.

In addition, MOD announced a series of senior operations team promotions:

  • Kristen Driscoll, promoted to Senior Director of Operations Services & Excellence
  • Mo Chowdhury, promoted to Senior Regional Director of Operations (Mid-Atlantic and Florida)
  • James Holguin, promoted to Senior Regional Director of Operations (California, Arizona and Utah)
  • Aaron Johnson, promoted to Senior Regional Director of Operations (Texas and Missouri)

Additionally, Shanna Taylor was promoted to Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and People Systems.

About MOD Pizza

MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own pizzas and salads with any combination of over 30 toppings, all for one incredible price. With 470+ locations system-wide*, MOD is committed to creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. MOD recently earned a spot on the Fortune 2019 “Change the World” list, for its purpose-led culture and commitment to provide opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment. The Company has also been named America’s fastest growing chain restaurant by Technomic for four years running and named the most loved pizza brand by Foodable Network. MOD has earned a spot on the Inc.5000 list and has been recognized by Fortune as one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Retail,” a “Best Workplace for Women,” a “Best Workplace for Millennials,” and a “Best Workplace for Diversity.” For more information, please visit or connect with the brand via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

*The term “system-wide” refers to all company-operated and licensed store locations.
**The trademarks MOD, MOD Pizza, and the MOD Shield, are owned by MOD Super Fast Pizza, LLC.

Media Contact:

Charlotte Wayte
MOD Pizza




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