Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. Names Randy Gier CEO
THE COLONY, Texas, Nov. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc.
(Nasdaq:PZZI) today announced that the Board of Directors has named Randy Gier
as Chief Executive Officer, effective today. Mr. Gier succeeds Interim CEO
Clinton J. Coleman, who will return to his role as a member of the Board,
where he has served since 2007.
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"After an extensive search with an exceptional field of highly-qualified
candidates, the Board has unanimously chosen Randy to be the visionary leader
for Pizza Inn and Pie Five as we focus on the future, domestically and abroad,
with two strong brands," said Mr. Coleman. "Randy brings an incredible resume
to his new job, and he joins Pizza Inn Holdings at a pivotal moment in the
"I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team at Pizza Inn," Mr. Gier said. "I
look forward to working with our dedicated franchise partners, our hard
working company associates, and our committed supplier network to drive
profitable growth well into the future.Pizza Inn is an iconic brand with
considerable growth potential and Pie Five is an exciting new brand poised to
lead the fast-casual pizza segment.Together they are the dynamic duo of the
Mr. Gier brings nearly three decades of experience in the food and beverage
industry to his new post, having championed some of the largest
publicly-traded chains in the world as well as building successful restaurants
from the ground up. Mr. Gier has lead marketing, strategy, and innovation as
Chief Marketing Officer at Yum! Restaurants International, Pizza Hut and KFC
divisions, as well as at Dr Pepper/Snapple Group and Borden Dairy
Company.Prior to Yum!, he held executive positions in finance, general
management, and marketing throughout PepsiCo.Most recently, Mr. Gier served
as founder and CEO of Savvy Fare Restaurant Group, based in Plano, Texas,
where he launched and expanded the popular Cedars Woodfire Grill concept – a
fast casual restaurant that's breaking the traditional paradigm between great
taste and good health.
"Randy's leadership experience spans world-class brands and start-up
game-changers," Mr. Coleman said. "He understands the complexities of a
heritage brand as well as the nuances of incubating and franchising an
innovative new concept. That expertise fits perfectly with a Pizza Inn brand
that has been around for more than five decades and a Pie Five brand that won
a 2012 Hot Concept of the year award from Nation's Restaurant News in just its
first year of operation."
Mr. Gier received a bachelor's of business administration degree from the
University of Missouri and a master's of business administration degree from
the University of Chicago; both with concentrations in finance.
About Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc.:
Headquartered in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, TX, Pizza Inn Holdings,
Inc., is an owner, franchisor and supplier of a system of restaurants
operating domestically and internationally under the trademarks "Pizza Inn"
and "Pie Five Pizza Co."Pizza Inn is an international pizza chain featuring
traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches,
and desserts. Pie Five Pizza Co. is a new fast-casual concept offering
individual pizzas made to order and cooked in less than five minutes. Founded
in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZZI) franchises
approximately 300 restaurants and directly owns and operates 12 restaurants.
For more information, please visit www.pizzainn.com.
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