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MOD Pizza names Josh Guenser chief financial officer

Former Starbucks senior exec to oversee reporting for 480-unit fast-casual pizza chain

MOD Pizza named Josh Guenser its new chief financial officer. The fast-casual pizza chain’s appointment of Guenser as CFO charges him with oversight of financial operations and fiscal accountability, as well as the reporting and accounting functions for all MOD pizza locations in North America.

“This is an unprecedented time in the restaurant industry, and we are confident that Josh will be a major contributor to ensuring that MOD is well-positioned to emerge from this crisis stronger than before,” said Scott Svenson, MOD co-founder and chief executive.

Guenser worked at KPMG for seven years prior to his career taking hold at Starbucks. For more than a decade, he held various high-profile roles at the coffee chain within Finance, including vice president and director positions. Immediately before joining MOD, Guenser served as senior VP of Finance, Americas, overseeing an Accounting team reporting results of over 18,000 owned and licensed U.S. Starbucks stores.

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In a statement, Guenser said he appreciated the purpose-driven mission of Seattle-based MOD Pizza and its people-first culture. “As a true fan, I couldn’t be more excited to join the MOD team and to contribute to the next chapter of this amazing journey,” he said. Guenser graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree and also earned his master’s there.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 480-unit MOD Pizza posted 2019 system-wide sales of $493 millin and had raised nearly $400M in equity financing.

Photo credit: MOD Pizza

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