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Ron Shaich    

Managing Partner of Act III Holdings, Founder & Former Chairman of Panera Bread Company

Ron Shaich is the Managing Partner of Act III Holdings. He is a frequent speaker on the dangers of short-termism and rampant investor activism and the quarter-to-quarter thinking it has inspired.

Shaich is the founder and former chairman and CEO of Panera Bread. He is highly respected for his ability to recognize and capitalize on marketplace opportunities. In addition to founding Panera, he also founded and grew Au Bon Pain, establishing the bakery-cafe segment.

Ron has been recognized repeatedly for his visionary leadership. In 2018, he was named Restaurant Leader of the Year by Restaurant Business. In 2017, he received the Legend in Leadership Award from the Chief Executive Leadership Institute at the Yale School of Management. He twice received the Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award, recognizing industry leadership and success.

Ron sits on the boards of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., Clark University, Cava, Clover Food Lab, Life Alive Organic Cafe, Tatte Bakery and Cafe and Open World. He formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Clark University and on the boards of Whole Foods Market Inc., the Rashi School, the Lown Cardiovascular Foundation and the Alliance for Business Leadership. Ron is also a co-founder of No Labels, an organization that promotes bipartisan political problem solving and the development of a long-term strategic plan for the country.


How Did I Get Here? Ron Shaich

Panera Bread's Ron Shaich craves the Spicy Thai Salad with Chicken.

It's Time to Rethink "Kid Food" in America | Huffington Post

Ron Shaich Founder, chairman, CEO of Panera Bread. With 2,000 bakery-cafes, Panera serves 8 million people weekly and employs 100,000 associates.

Panera CEO on self-respect, and why he often avoids gluten | The ...

This 2010 photo provided by Panera shows the company's founder and CEO Ron Shaich. Shaich considers himself the “discover-in-chief,” meaning he's in ...

Panera cuts packaged artificial ingredients - Business Insider

"We're really trying to accomplish two things," CEO Ron Shaich told Business Insider of the decision to cut artificial ingredients from packaged food. "One, let our ...

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