Former Panera Bread executive Clay Sanger has joined Pieology Pizzeria as COO. The 130-location chain, based in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., specializes in artisan-style custom pizzas.lowresClay-Sanger-pieologyClay Sanger

Sanger's background includes more than 30 years in the restaurant industry, most recently as vice president of operations for Panera Bread and Panera's Paradise Bakery & Café concept. He will oversee company and franchise operations at Pieology.