Pei Wei Promotes Chris Andrews to CIO
Pei Wei Asian Kitchen has promoted Chris Andrews to fill the new position of Chief Information Officer. He previously served as Vice President of Information Technology.
In that role, he has built out a new stand-alone IT organization, best-in-class digital platform and all cloud-based infrastructure as well as playing an instrumental role in Pei Wei’s headquarters move from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Irving, Texas.
“There’s no question that technology is playing an extremely valuable role in our brand now and that will continue in the future. We have seen technology’s role continue to grow through online ordering, our app and again recently with our launch of delivery,” said CEO J. Hedrick. “Chris is absolutely the right leader to oversee all of our technology and digital efforts – his dedication to Pei Wei has been exemplary, and we are lucky to have him on the team.”
In his new role, Andrews plans to focus his energies primarily on digital innovation and developing guest-impacting technology. He will continue to report directly to Brandon Solano, Pei Wei’s Chief Marketing & Digital Officer.
Prior to joining Pei Wei, Andrews served as VP of Infrastructure & Corporate Development for The Freeman Company. He also headed up the IT division at On The Border and oversaw systems architecture and integration for CEC Entertainment. Throughout his career, he has excelled at building strong technology support teams and developing integrated, company-wide technology. Andrews has presented at MURTEC, Pervasive Software’s IntegratioNEXT 9 and InnoTech Dallas and has given multiple governance/risk management/compliance presentations to students at LSU and UTA.