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Founder, chairman, CEO of Panera Bread. With 2,000 bakery-cafes, Panera serves 8 million people weekly and employs 100,000 associates.
Ron Shaich is founder, chairman and CEO of Panera Bread. Thirty years ago, he set out to change the world by changing the way America eats. He did just that by founding two successful restaurant concepts – Au Bon Pain and Panera Bread – that offered an antithesis to fast food with handmade, artisanal food served in warm and welcoming environments by people you can trust. With 2,000 bakery-cafes and counting, Panera serves more than 8 million people each week and employs more than 100,000 associates.