Pan-Asian fast casual leader taps award-winning marketing exec Brandon Solano
Scottsdale, AZ (RestaurantNews.com) Pei Wei, the leader in delivering a handcrafted, Pan-Asian culinary experience, has named Brandon Solano chief marketing officer after an extensive national search.
Solano, an award-winning marketing and brand development executive, has vast experience within the restaurant industry. He most recently served as CMO for Papa Murphy’s Pizza, and held senior leadership positions with Wendy’s and Domino’s Pizza.
“I know firsthand Brandon’s creativity, passion and ability to drive results through marketing strategies and brand development,” said Pei Wei CEO J. Hedrick. “Brandon will be a key asset to the Pei Wei leadership team as we continue to build and deliver on our brand promise.”
“I joined Pei Wei because I believe in the vision and leadership of the executive team who is fiercely committed to winning and puts people first,” said Solano. “As a foodie, I love the brand and appreciate the unique space that Pei Wei occupies in the fast casual industry, particularly when it comes to Pei Wei’s dedication to quality food and handcrafted care.”
In addition to his restaurant leadership experience, Solano experience marketing top brands including Hershey’s, Kellogg’s and Proctor & Gamble. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Grand Valley State University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
About Pei Wei
Founded in 2000, Scottsdale, Arizona-based Pei Wei is a Pan-Asian, fast casual restaurant that offers guests a way to eat well, be well and live well. Pei Wei prepares each dish to order using freshly chopped ingredients, purposely chosen for nutrition as well as flavor, and in the tradition of ancient Asian cooking methods. Menu offerings include lettuce wraps, salads, sushi, quinoa bowls and Wok Classics that can be easily customized for any palate or diet, including gluten-free and vegetarian. Pei Wei owns and operates more than 200 restaurants in 21 states. For more information, visit www.peiwei.com, and the latest Pei Wei news is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Katie McKenzie or Loren Rutledge