Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Panera Bread Company
Ron Shaich is founder, chairman, and CEO for Panera Bread, which began as Au Bon Pain in 1981. Today, the chain of nearly 1,800 bakery-cafés serves over eight million people weekly and ranks fifth in the food-service category on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list. Shaich is a recipient of the MUFSO Pioneer Award, the IFMA’s Gold Plate Award, and the Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award. He is president of the Panera Bread Foundation and spearheaded the Panera Cares Initiative, in addition to serving on the boards of Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Massachusetts Financial Literary Trust Fund.