Pieology Welcomes President Michael Nolan, Former CEO of Smashburger

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One fast casual veteran is holding fast to succeeding in the industry. Michael Nolan, the former CEO and president of the famous better-burger chain Smashburger, has joined Pieology as president. Pieology, based in Santa Margarita, Calif., is a build-your-own-pizza brand that boasts more than 78 billion topping combinations — and with Nolan, the company believes there are even more possibilities to explore.

“Michael has an unparalleled understanding of the fast-casual industry and I am excited to hand him the reins through our next growth phase,” said Pieology Founder and CEO Carl Chang said in a release.

Along with this new position, Nolan has more than 25 years of experience, his roles ranging from development strategy to executive-level management. Before Smashburger, he has worked for several national and international brands, including Bloomin' Brands, Inc., Corner Bakery Café, and Panera Bread, where he led the initiative that grew the concept from 250 to 1,500 locations. 

The next phase of Pieology's advancement on customer experience is the brand's latest innovation, the PieRise Thick Crust, which will be distributed nationally this summer. By the end of 2017, Pieology also aims to open more than 50 new locations. 

“Our priority at Pieology has always been to share great food at a great value, in an inviting and welcoming environment that allows everyone from all walks of life to enjoy. I’m confident that Michael’s expertise and leadership will continue to propel Pieology forward and as he rounds up the rest of his leadership team to take the business to the next level, while I will take on a more passive role from day to day activities as a board member,” Chang said. Read More