Wendy's CMO Heading to Papa Murphy's

Brandon Solano Leaves Wendy's CMO Post After Less Than a Year

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Take-and-bake pizza chain Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. said Brandon Solano will become its chief marketing officer next month, a move that brings the Wendy's CMO back into the pizza industry.

Wendy's confirmed Mr. Solano left his post as CMO, which he took on in early 2015, in September. Earlier this month, Kurt Kane was listed as chief concept and marketing officer in the company's announcement of a new 4 for $4 meal.

Mr. Solano will become Papa Murphy's CMO on Nov. 30, the chain said Thursday. Mr. Solano was not available for an interview.

Mr. Solano joined Wendy's in July 2014. Before that, he held VP roles at Domino's Pizza Inc. He even starred in Domino's commercials, in which he was billed as a pizza chef in spots that touted that company's reformulated pizza.

Mr. Solano was named Wendy's CMO-designate in December, and took on the role in early 2015, succeeding Craig Bahner, who later joined Kellogg to lead its U.S. morning foods unit.

Mr. Solano's departure isn't the only executive shakeup at Wendy's. Earlier this month, the burger chain said President and CEO Emil Brolick plans to retire in May and will be succeeded by EVP-CFO and International Todd Penegor. Mr. Brolick is expected to keep his seat on the Wendy's board, which is led by Chairman Nelson Peltz.

"Brandon's significant experience in leading successful brand growth initiatives in the foodservice and CPG pizza categories make him an invaluable asset to Papa Murphy's as we continue to build our growing brand across the country," Papa Murphy's President and CEO Ken Calwell said in a statement.

Before he joined Domino's, Mr. Solano worked at Hershey Co. and Procter & Gamble.

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