Mark G. Pacinda will retire from his role as the president and chief executive officer of Boston Pizza International Inc. (BPI) on Oct. 31, 2017. In conjunction with this departure, Mr. Pacinda will also resign as a director and the chief executive officer of Boston Pizza GP Inc., the managing general partner of Boston Pizza Royalties LP, administrator of the Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund, and as an officer of certain subsidiaries of BPI.
Mr. Pacinda joined BPI in 1997 and has held several senior roles within the organization including executive vice-president, chief operating officer, president and chief executive officer. He has also been a director and the chief executive officer of Boston Pizza GP Inc. since 2011 and a board member of Restaurants Canada since 2006.
“Mark has made significant contributions during his 20 years with BPI including his leadership role in Boston Pizza’s expansion into Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, and by having Boston Pizza International consistently recognized as one of ‘Canada’s 50 best managed companies.’ Mark has built an outstanding management team and worked together with them to make Boston Pizza Canada’s No. 1 casual dining brand with more than 380 locations coast to coast,” said BPI’s chairman and owner, Jim Treliving. “I want to thank Mark for his years of service and wish him all the best with his retirement plans.”
Jordan Holm, currently the executive vice-president, marketing and communications of BPI, will succeed Mr. Pacinda as the president of BPI and as a director and the president of Boston Pizza GP Inc. Mr. Holm joined BPI in 2006 and has held several senior roles within the organization including senior vice-president, investor relations and corporate communications, and a director of the Boston Pizza Foundation.
“We are fortunate to have an experienced and talented executive team at Boston Pizza to step up following Mark’s departure. Jordan has distinguished himself in various roles over the last decade with our company and I’m confident that he will lead our organization successfully forward,” said Mr. Treliving. “I’m excited about the future opportunities for Boston Pizza.”
About Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund
The fund is a limited purpose open-ended trust with an excellent record for investors since its initial public offering in 2002. Including the August, 2017, distribution which was paid on Sept. 29, 2017, the fund has delivered 18 distribution increases and 182 consecutive monthly distributions to unitholders totalling $266.6-million or $18.80 per unit since 2002. The fund earns revenue based on the franchise system sales of the 383 Boston Pizza restaurants included in the fund’s royalty pool.
BPI is Canada’s No. 1 casual dining brand with annual gross sales in excess of $1.0-billion serving more than 45 million guests through over 380 mainly franchisee operated restaurants.