Blaze Pizza Names New Chief Development Officer and COO

by Katie Lee

Los Angeles — Blaze Pizza has named industry veterans Kevin Moran and Johnny Tellez to its executive leadership team. As the newly appointed chief development officer (CDO) and chief operations officer (COO), respectively, they arrive during a pivotal phase of advancement for the dynamic brand, keen to enrich the customer journey, pioneer operational initiatives and expand its domestic and global footprint.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Kevin and Johnny to our executive team at Blaze Pizza. Their outstanding qualifications and proven track record of success assure us of our continued ability to provide an exemplary experience for our franchisees and patrons as we move forward into our next phase of expansion,” says Beto Guajardo, CEO of Blaze Pizza. “As we maintain our leadership position in the fast-casual pizza industry, their contributions will be vital in achieving our strategic goals.”

Joining Blaze with an impressive portfolio of over two decades in financial planning and accounting, Moran has a history of steering development teams towards outstanding performance through the alignment of fiscal goals with comprehensive strategies. Prior to his current role, he held the position of vice president of strategic development at Focus Brands International, where he excelled in driving strategic development for the global franchisor and operator of over 6,600 restaurants. As CDO at Blaze, Moran will apply his seasoned expertise to nurture strategic alliances and accelerate the brand’s global growth trajectory.

Tellez, a proven thought-leader in operations and training, has a solid track record in several leadership roles at high-profile restaurant chains, where he played pivotal roles in enhancing customer experience and operational effectiveness. Before Blaze, Tellez was vice president of training and operations at Focus Brands International, where he uplifted operational management and franchise support globally. As COO, Tellez will be the driving force behind Blaze Pizza’s operational endeavors, ensuring flawless delivery and uniform quality across the brand.

Founded in 2011, Blaze Pizza is a leading fast-casual pizza franchise concept headquartered in Los Angeles with more than 330 restaurants across 38 states and six countries. For more information, visit





SOURCE: Blaze Pizza

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