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John Maguire Joins MOD Pizza as COO


Industry vet John Maguire will be joining MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings LLC as COO, effective Oct. 22. He will lead the company’s store operations across 380+ locations, with a strong focus on all phases of expansion and growth.

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John Maguire

Maguire was previously President and CEO of FIC Restaurants Inc. (Friendly’s restaurants), a position he held since 2012. In 2016, he subsequently took on the role of President and CEO of Johnny Rockets Group in addition to his position with FIC. Across both private-equity-owned companies, Maguire led global operations, franchising and store development for a combined 625 locations with total annual sales exceeding $800M.

Prior to his time with Friendly’s and Johnny Rockets, Maguire spent 20 years at Panera Bread, in numerous retail operations roles, the last six of which were spent as Executive Vice President and COO. At Panera, Maguire operated over 1,500 bakery cafes, producing in excess of $3.5B in annual system-wide sales. He also built over 700 new locations during his time as Panera’s COO.

“As a leader at Panera during their formative years of growth combined with his experience leading two loved brands, John brings the perfect mix of deep operating expertise combined with experience sustaining the culture required to build an iconic brand,” said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD. “Most importantly, though, John lives the values and beliefs at the heart of MOD. The thing which most attracted him was our commitment to using our business as a platform to make a positive impact on our people and the communities we serve. We could not be more thrilled to welcome him, and are confident that his track record of leading operations across large, multi-unit brands will allow us to further strengthen the MOD experience.”

Maguire will be based in MOD’s headquarters outside of Seattle, reporting directly to Paul Twohig, MOD’s President. Twohig will continue to lead store development (domestic and international real estate, design and construction), culinary, supply chain, and international and franchise operations.

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