Smashburger, the better-burger restaurant concept, announced that Scott Crane, who has led company operations for the past six years as president, was appointed to the position of chief executive officer. This news comes upon the departure of former CEO David Prokupek.
Throughout Scott Crane’s career, he has demonstrated an ability to lead operations teams across a number of successful brands. 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 background has enabled him to build a strong operational team and business model in the fast-casual segment.
“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,” says Rick Schaden, founder and chairman of Consumer Capital Partners and chairman of the Smashburger Board of Managers. “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.”
“I want to thank Dave for his contributions to Smashburger and wish him the very best,” Schaden says. “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.”