Group President of Focus Brands
Kat Cole on leadership and innovation from her time at Cinnabon.
Former president of Cinnabon Inc., now Group President of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, where she leads global, multi-channel businesses in licensing, manufacturing and ecommerce for all 6 brands that operate across 65 countries: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAllister’s, and Carvel. Kat is an angel investor, humanitarian and philanthropist focused on elevating self-sufficiency through education, technology and access to opportunity around the world. She is the co-founder of Changers of Commerce, chair of the board of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and a mentor, board member and advisor to emerging, retail, education and tech startups. Kat is a frequent guest for global business media, was featured on CBS’ “Undercover Boss”, named one of Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 and one of CNBC’s Next 25 List of Innovators, Leaders and Disruptors. Her Twitter handle best describes her: “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, YGL, EDM fan, Coffee-Loving Chronic Learner”.