Chief Executive Officer
Weldon Spangler has served as Chief Executive Officer since June 2017. Mr. Spangler spent seven years with Dunkin' Brands Group, having most recently served as Senior Vice President, Baskin-Robbins U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, where he had complete oversight of the brand. Prior to this role, Mr. Spangler spent five years working on the Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Canada business, first as a Regional Vice President and then as Vice President of Operations. During his time at Dunkin Brands, Mr. Spangler worked closely with franchisee leaders and played an integral part in the launch of several successful Company initiatives. Prior to Dunkin Brands, Weldon held significant leadership roles at Starbucks Corporation and YUM Brands.
Chief Legal Officer
Victoria Blackwell has been with Papa Murphy’s since 2001 and has served as our Chief Legal Officer since November 2012. Ms. Blackwell previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel from February 2007 to November 2012, Vice President Legal from March 2005 to February 2007 and Associate Attorney from July 2001 to March 2005.
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Mark Hutchens has served as our Chief Operating Officer since September 2017. Mr. Hutchens previously served as our Chief Financial Officer from January 2014. Before joining Papa Murphy’s, Mr. Hutchens served as the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer – International, for Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. from October 2012 to January 2014, where his responsibilities included finance, business development and supply chain management activities for Outback Steakhouse International. Prior to that, Mr. Hutchens served in various roles of increasing responsibility at Office Depot, Inc., including Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer from September 2008 to March 2012 and Senior Vice President Finance, International Division from November 2006 to September 2008. From 1996 to 2006, he worked with YUM! Brands, Inc. where his most recent title was Assistant Treasurer – Corporate Finance. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Hutchens worked at Ford Motor Company.
Chief Marketing Officer
Laura Szeliga has been our Chief Marketing Officer since February 2018. Laura Szeliga joins Papa Murphy’s from Provide Commerce, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the organization’s ProFlowers brand. Prior to ProFlowers, Szeliga was Vice President and General Manager of Provide Commerce’s Shari’s Berries brand. Her tenure at Provide Commerce is preceded by leadership roles at TIMEX, Dean Foods, Kraft Foods, and Kraft Foods International, as well as The Gillette Company.
Chief Financial Officer
Nik Rupp has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2018. Before joining Papa Murphy’s, Mr. Rupp served as the Chief Financial Officer for Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. March 2016 to February 2018 and as global controller from January 2015 to March 2016. Prior to Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., Mr. Rupp held several positions at Nike, Inc., including Global Controller of Nike Golf, and at Converse, Inc. in the Netherlands. Mr. Rupp began his career at Scott-Moncrieff Charted Accountants in Glasgow, Scotland. He holds a degree in Accountancy from Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland.