Pei Wei Names Operations Veteran as New CEO

by Katie Lee

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Pei Wei, the leader in delivering a handcrafted, Pan-Asian culinary experience, has named John “J.” Hedrick as its new CEO. He joined the company on January 30, 2017.

Hedrick brings a strong background in multi-unit hospitality and foodservice, specializing in retail operations while enhancing the guest experience. He most recently served as chief operating officer of NPC International, the nation’s seventh-largest restaurant operator with 1,300 Pizza Hut and Wendy’s locations and annual revenues exceeding $1.2 billion. At NPC, he accelerated strong financial performance and growth while creating a customer-focused, employee-first mindset for long term success.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to join Pei Wei — a great brand with a terrific future. As a longtime customer, I jumped at the chance to be part of the team,” says Hedrick. “I believe that, with a renewed focus on our team members and the needs of our customers, we will continue to position ourselves as a leader in the fast-casual restaurant industry.”

In 2016, Pei Wei launched a rebranding initiative to forge a deeper connection with guests and elevate both the in-dining and takeout experience.

Hedrick’s other previous leadership positions with industry-leading companies included key operating and support roles at Pilot Flying J, 7-11, Inc. and RaceTrac Petroleum.

Founded in 2000, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Pei Wei is a Pan-Asian, fast-casual restaurant chain with more than 200 restaurants in 21 states. For more information, visit


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