ST. LOUIS — Debbie Roberts has been named government vice chairman and chief operations officer at Panera Bread.
Ms. Roberts joins Panera after three a long time at McDonald’s Corp., the place she most not too long ago was East Zone president with duty for 7,000 eating places in 11 areas. Earlier than that, she was president of the corporate’s Northeast Zone, vice chairman and basic supervisor of the Midwest Area, vice chairman of operations, senior advertising and marketing director and finance supervisor.
In her new function, she is going to lead of all Panera’s operations and operations assist capabilities.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Debbie to Panera and looking out ahead to her bringing her robust document of cross-functional partnership, results-driven engagement, and particularly, her give attention to folks because the core of operational excellence,” mentioned Niren Chaudhary, chief government officer of Panera Bread. “Because the model continues to develop and remodel, Debbie’s expertise will carry contemporary perspective and unparalleled trade expertise to our government workforce.”
The hiring of Ms. Roberts is the newest addition to Panera’s management workforce, which has expanded to carry veterans from corporations together with Kraft, Yum! Manufacturers, Unilever, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola not too long ago.