Ally Svenson and her husband Scott co-founded MOD Pizza, opening the first location in downtown Seattle in 2008. With explosive growth over the past few years, MOD has been named the fastest growing restaurant chain in the U.S. by Technomic for three years running, and has earned a spot on the Inc.500 list.
As chief purpose officer, Ally helps guide and protect MOD’s people-first culture. MOD has been named the “most loved pizza brand” by Foodable Network, and recognized by Fortune Magazine as the “Best Place to Work in Retail”, as a “Best Workplace for Women”, a “Best Workplace for Millennials” and a “Best Workplace for Diversity”. Today, with more than 400 locations across 28 states and the UK, Ally and Scott are pursuing an aggressive national and international expansion of the brand, excited by the notion of “Spreading MODness” into new communities.
Prior to MOD, Ally and Scott co-founded Seattle Coffee Company (SCC) in 1994, the first gourmet coffee retailer and wholesaler in the UK. They grew the business to 75 retail locations in under 3 years, eventually selling SCC to Starbucks in 1998. The Svensons were also instrumental in the launch of Carluccio’s Ltd (UK), a thriving London based operator of Italian deli/cafes, along with various additional ventures in the US and UK.
Ally has been an active volunteer within the Bellevue and Seattle community for the last 20 years and is on the board of the Tateuchi Performing Arts Center and Evergreens, a Seattle based salad and bowl concept. Ally is an honor graduate of Wellesley College, and has been recognized as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year, named a Women of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal and a Women to Watch by 425 Magazine. Above all, Ally’s greatest and most sacred role is that of mother to her four amazing boys and as wife to Scott!