Panera bread appoints Debbie Roberts as Executive Vice President and COO

USA – Panera Bread, a chain store of bakery-café fast casual restaurants, has announced the appointment of Debbie Roberts as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. A well-known restaurant industry leader, Roberts brings nearly 30 years of restaurant experience and will be a collaborative leader for all Panera operations and operations support functions. “We are thrilled to welcome Debbie to Panera and looking forward to her bringing her strong record of cross-functional partnership, results-driven engagement, and especially, her focus on people as the core of operational excellence,” says Niren…

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Panera Bread to acquire Au Bon Pain bakery chain

USA – Leading bakery café operator Panera Bread has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Au Bon Pain Holding Co. Inc., the parent company of Au Bon Pain, a US-based bakery-cafe chain. The Au Bon Pain bakery chain, which has 304 units worldwide, will rejoin Panera Bread under one ownership, having been owned by the founders of Panera Bread over 30 years ago. Created in 1981 by Ron Shaich, Panera’s founder, Chairman and CEO, and his late partner Louis Kane, Au Bon Pain Co. Inc.,…

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