Panera Bread to Appoint New CEO


JAB Holding Company, owner of Panera Bread and other investments has announced that Niren Chaudhary will transferred from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts where he has served as COO since 2017 to become the president and CEO of Panera Bread.  He will replace Blaine Hurst who has led the company since early 2018 and will retire.  Prior to joining Krispy Kreme, Chaudhary spent 23 years with Yum! Brands including president of KFC Global and president of Yum! India.


Blaine Hurst joined Panera in 2010 and was appointed president following the acquisition by JAB.