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Smashburger Appoints New CEO, Prokupek Leaves

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DENVER—Startup fastcasual chain Smashburger today announced that Scott Crane, who as the company's president has led operations for the past six years, has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer.

The company stated that now ex-CEO David Prokupek has left.

Rick Schaden, founder and chairman of Consumer Capital Partners and chairman of the Smashburger board of managers said, "I want to thank Dave for his contributions to Smashburger and wish him the very best." Consumer Capital Partners is an investment firm focused on starting up, operating and investing in consumer, franchising and lifestyle companies.

Before joining Smashburger in 2007, Scott Crane 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.

Regarding the new CEO, chairman Schaden 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." The privately-owned chain says it is now in 30 states and 4 countries. "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."

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