The Power List 2017: Ron Shaich
Panera Bread Co. founder, chairman and CEO Ron Shaich over the past two years has shepherded the technological advancements that have transformed the bakery-café brand into Panera 2.0. The operational powerhouse that aims to make the customer experience seamless with digital-first technologies such as kiosk ordering, customizability and pre-ordering via online or mobile.
Over more than 35 years in the bakery-café segment, Shaich has pushed his concepts to lead innovation, from the Boston Cookie Jar in 1980, to Au Bon Pain, St. Louis Bread Co. and now Panera.
Today, St. Louis-based Panera Bread Co., with more than 2,000 locations, is