Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant concept, today announced that Scott Crane, who as President has led company operations for the past six years, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer. This news comes upon the departure of former CEO David Prokupek.
Throughout Scott Crane’s extensive career, he has demonstrated great ability in leading operations teams across a number of successful brands, while making impressive contributions along the way. Prior to joining Smashburger in 2007, Scott was responsible for running nearly 1,000 units for various national restaurant and retail brands, including Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Blockbuster. His seasoned background has enabled him to build one of the industry’s strongest operational teams and business model in the fast casual segment.
Rick Schaden, Founder and Chairman of Consumer Capital Partners and Chairman of the Smashburger Board of Managers said, “Scott has been a large part of the growth and success of the Smashburger brand, from our second restaurant to the nearly 250 restaurants we have across the globe today. We are confident he is the right executive to lead Smashburger into its next chapter, teaming up with Founder Tom Ryan in continuing to execute an unparalleled food and hospitality experience for customers, and solid, calculated growth for our brand.”
Schaden added: “I want to thank Dave for his contributions to Smashburger and wish him the very best. As we reach new heights in becoming the global leader in better burgers, I’d like to congratulate Scott on earning his way to the top spot in our company. We couldn’t ask for a better combination of experience and passion for our brand.”
Smashburger is America’s fastest growing, fast casual “better burger” restaurant with more than 230 corporate and franchise restaurants operating in 30 states and in four international countries. The company began in 2007 with the vision of Rick Schaden and funding by Consumer Capital Partners—the private equity firm that he and his father Richard own. By offering fresh, premium “smashed to order” burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, signature side items and hand-spun Häagen-Dazs shakes, Smashburger has modernized the way people think about burgers. Known for localizing its menu in every market with regionally inspired burgers, side items and local craft beers, Smashburger has received numerous awards, including topping Fast Casual’s 2012 Top Mover & Shakers list, America’s Most Promising Company by Forbes magazine, INC. 500’s List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies and INC’s #9 Hire Power Award winner, as well as regularly receiving “best burger” awards in cities around the world. To learn more, visit www.smashburger.com.