Seattle, WA (RestaurantNews.com) MOD Pizza, the pioneer of fast casual pizza, today announced it has added three key leadership positions to support the company’s rapid national and international expansion. Joining MOD is Carole McCluskey, Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Flaherty, Vice President of Marketing, and Lisa Luebeck, General Counsel and Vice President Legal.
“Carol, Kevin and Lisa each bring incredible experience to their respective areas of expertise and will help prepare MOD for our sustained growth over the next several years,” said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD. “As we double our footprint in the U.S. this year and begin our expansion overseas, our executive team is now built to support MOD’s position as the leader in our category. Most importantly, each of these key individuals share MOD’s core values and are excited to join in building a strong people-centric company.”
Carole McCluskey, Chief Technology Officer. Bringing extensive experience as a leader and innovator, Carole will drive and manage MOD’s technical and digital initiatives. She was most recently Chief Technology Officer at Outerwall, Inc. where she oversaw product development and corporate IT while driving technical strategy and execution for Redbox, Coinstar, New Ventures and the corporate innovation lab. Known for her ability to scale technology and deliver high impact initiatives, she was recognized by the PSBJ as “Outstanding CTO of a company of $1B” and also awarded the Illinois Technology Association’s “Prominent Woman in Technology” award.
Kevin Flaherty, VP of Marketing. Kevin brings his expertise in building and developing marketing teams that elevate brands in competitive consumer environments. Leading the overall marketing strategy for MOD, Kevin will oversee national brand marketing, creative development, consumer insights, customer loyalty and media relations. With a strong background in digital marketing, Kevin was co-founder of Wetpaint and comes to MOD from his most recent post as CMO of Whitepages.
Lisa Luebeck, General Counsel, VP of Legal. Lisa joins the leadership team as MOD’s first general counsel. She has broad legal experience with a focus in key corporate, operational, securities and transaction areas including complex contract drafting and negotiations, public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and strategic transactions/alliances. Lisa’s prior posts include Senior Associate with the global law firm Dorsey & Whitney, where she represented start-up and established clients in a diverse range of industries, and Senior Director of Legal with CTI BioPharma Corp., a public biotechnology company. Lisa was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.
Seattle based MOD Pizza, founded in 2008 by Scott and Ally Svenson, was inspired by the couple’s love of Italian street-style pizza, their desire for authentic, affordable and fast dining options for their busy family and the idea that a great company could be built around people. As a purpose led organization, MOD is committed to creating not just a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work – supporting both their people and the communities where they do business.
MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces. Customers create their own pizzas and salads, using any combination of over 30 featured toppings, or they can choose from a menu of MOD classics. The price always remains the same regardless of the number of toppings.
MOD currently operates 100 stores across the U.S.
The company was recently ranked seventh on Fortune’s annual ’20 Best Workplaces in Retail’ list, and has been recognized as one of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” by Inc. Magazine, in addition to being ranked a “Fastest Growing Private Company” and one of “Washington’s Best Work Places” by the Puget Sound Business Journal. www.modpizza.com The MOD Difference Video