COO & President, North America, FOCUS Brands
Kat Cole is the former president of Cinnabon and is now president and COO of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, running its 7 brands: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAlister’s, Carvel, and Jamba Juice—with 6,500 operations across 60 countries. She also leads the company’s global licensing division and all alternative channel retail. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, on the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council, an advisor to high growth businesses, and one of Fortune’s 40 under 40. Her journey from waitress to executive by 26, global chain president by 31, and investor by 35 is often shared as an example of the American and entrepreneurial dream.