Pieology Pizzeria Hires Former Panera Bread Exec Clay Sanger as COO

Pieology Pizzeria has hired former Panera Bread executive, Clay Sanger, as its Chief Operating Officer. Leveraging nearly 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Sanger previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations for SusieCakes Bakeries, as well as simultaneously held the role of Regional Vice President of Operations for Panera Bread and Paradise Bakery & Café.

“I’m honored to join Pieology, whose mission and values reflect the highest commitment to quality and people development,” said Sanger. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Pieology’s talented team members and enthusiastic franchisees, who are dedicated to providing a memorable guest experience that will help us continue to grow into an enduring and beloved brand.”

Sanger oversees both company and franchise operations, which includes franchise development, real estate, training, ops support, store design and construction. He is responsible for developing operations processes, structuring well-balanced teams, and coaching personnel to help them achieve their respective goals. Sanger’s overarching role is to ensure the consistent delivery of excellent food quality, outstanding guest service and pristine restaurant facilities system wide.


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