April 24, 2013 // Franchising.com // ST. LOUIS, MO - Panera Bread Company (NASDAQ: PNRA) announced today that President and Co-CEO Bill Moreton will transition to Executive Vice Chairman due to a recognition of his need to spend increased amounts of time on a family matter.
Moreton commented, “As a result of this family matter, I have found myself unable to travel and am now clear I will be challenged to fully execute my responsibilities as President and Co-CEO of Panera Bread. Thus, the Board and I agree that it is best that I evolve into a role as Executive Vice Chairman. In this new role, I hope to be able to fulfill my personal responsibilities while maintaining a strong engagement with Panera and assist Ron and our team in leading our company.” Effective August 1, 2013 upon Mr. Moreton's transition, Chairman and Co-CEO Ron Shaich will again serve as Panera's sole CEO pursuant to Panera's management succession plan. Shaich is Panera's founder and longtime CEO, having served as sole CEO from May 1994 to May 2010 and Co-CEO from January 1988 to May 1994 and March 2012 to present.
Shaich commented, “Bill and I have a deep personal bond with each other. We have worked together and been friends for many years. I wish we could have continued the Co-CEO partnership that we have created over the last 13 months, but I also know that Bill has struggled with the challenges that led to his decision to evolve his duties. All of us at Panera respect Bill's decision and are pleased that Bill will remain an active partner of ours at Panera. In addition, knowing Bill's need to make this decision was a possibility, we are confident that we presently have in place the leadership and capabilities necessary to execute our key initiatives and continue Panera's record of success well into the future.”
Panera Bread Company owns and franchises 1,673 bakery-cafes as of March 26, 2013 under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co.®, and Paradise Bakery & Café® names. Our bakery-cafes are principally located in suburban, strip mall and regional mall locations. We feature high quality, reasonably priced food in a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. Nearly all of our bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by antibiotic-free chicken, whole grain bread, and select organic and all-natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Our menu includes a wide variety of year-round favorites complemented by new items introduced seasonally with the goal of creating new standards in everyday food choices. In neighborhoods across the United States and in Ontario, Canada, our customers enjoy our warm and welcoming environment featuring comfortable gathering areas, relaxing decor, and free internet access. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on our website, http://www.panerabread.com.
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