Rudy Sugueti was named Senior Vice President of Franchise Development and Executive Director at global restaurant brand California Pizza Kitchen in 2013. Mr. Sugueti oversees strategy and growth for California Pizza Kitchen’s international and domestic franchise business, expanding the brand’s franchise footprint to more than 80 locations in 16 countries worldwide today. A 30-year veteran of the company, Mr. Sugueti began his career in operations at California Pizza Kitchen in 1986, serving as Regional Director by 2000, Vice President of Operations and Quality Assurance by 2002, and in 2006, overseeing the company’s Domestic Franchise division including all airport franchise & non-traditional operations as Senior Vice President. From 2008-2013, Mr. Sugueti served as Senior Vice President of Operations, overseeing all company owned West Coast restaurants.
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