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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza Adds New Executives

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza's executive team: CPO Michele Zavolta, CCO Dean Courtelis, CEO Wayne Jones, CMO Katie Knight, CFO Rebekah Cooksey and COO John Reale.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza announces four new appointments to complete its executive team and board of directors.

John Reale has been named Anthony's Chief Operating Officer. A seasoned industry veteran, Reale has all the ingredients required to guide Anthony's into its next stage of growth and ensure its continued long-term success. His passion for operations, his entrepreneurial spirit and his "people first" approach come from years of experience in the food and beverage industry, including four years as Chief Operating Officer of Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, and four years as COO of Focus Brands. 

Katie Knight has joined Anthony's as its new Chief Marketing Officer. She brings a wealth of experience from her prior roles, including Vice President of Advertising and Marketing at Total Wine & More, and as CMO for Carrabba's Italian Grill. Knight's collaborative approach and ability to successfully manage large-scale growth projects and find innovative solutions that improve profitability and market position will serve her well as Anthony's writes its next chapter.

Late last year Anthony's also hired a new Chief Culinary Officer, Dean Courtelis. His passion for food was forged during his two-year tenure at Amazon's Seattle headquarters, where he designed, opened and oversaw the company's first FDA-certified food manufacturing facility, and at The Cheesecake Factory, where he spent 12 years managing operations for eight restaurants in various states.

Claudia Schaefer has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Anthony's. Claudia's deep experience leading Brand Marketing and Culinary during her tenure as CMO of both Jamba Juice and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, as well as her prior experience with Chili's, uniquely positions her to advise the Anthony's executive team.

In recent years Anthony's has grown to include 67 company-owned restaurants.

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