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Chief Executive Officer

As a life-long Noodler, Dave has spent most of his career growing Noodles & Company into one of the largest fast-casual restaurant companies in the industry. Dave came to Noodles in 2004 as senior financial analyst, and has since moved on to serve as vice president of finance, executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer before being appointed chief executive officer in June 2017. Through his vision to nourish and inspire every team member, guest and community the company serves, Dave is committed to making Noodles the best place in the industry to work for those who love life.

Prior to coming to Noodles, Dave began his career with May Department Stores. He received his degree in finance and marketing from Truman State University and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dave also serves on the national advisory board for No Kid Hungry.

Dave resides in Boulder, Colorado, where he can be found enjoying all that Colorado has to offer with his wife Susan and sons Evan and Andy.


Melissa m. heidman

Vice President, Acting General Counsel and Secretary

Melissa M. Heidman has served as our Associate General Counsel since August of 2011, as Vice President since September of 2015 and was most recently appointed as Acting General Counsel and Secretary in December of 2017. Prior to joining our company, Ms. Heidman was Special Counsel in the law firm of Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti. She began her career serving as a Law Clerk for the District Court of Iowa, the Iowa Supreme Court and, later, as Law Clerk and Staff Attorney for the Superior Court of Guam. Ms. Heidman received a BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa and received a J.D. from Drake University Law School.



VP of Finance and Interim Chief Financial Officer

Sue Daggett became Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Company in June 2017.  Ms. Daggett has served as Vice President, Finance since joining the Company in August 2016. Ms. Daggett previously served as President of Smiling Moose Deli. Prior to that time, she held various executive positions at Einstein/Noah Restaurant Group. Inc. as well as financial roles at Arby’s Inc. and Burger King Corporation. Sue began her career with Ernst & Young. She received a BS in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting, from the University of Northern Iowa.