Kat Cole

Chief Operating Officer and President of North America, FOCUS Brands

As Chief Operating Officer and President of North America, Kat is responsible for leading FOCUS Brands’ seven domestic franchise brands: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAlister’s, Carvel and Jamba Juice, as well as overseeing FOCUS Brands’ licensing division, building revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing, and ecommerce. Cole joined FOCUS Brands in 2010 as President of Cinnabon and successfully drove the multi-channel brand team to record comp sales and growth, brand expansion and franchise evolution throughout her seven-year tenure in the role. In 2015, Kat was named President of FOCUS Brands Global Channels group and played a central role in designing and deploying the company’s multi-brand and multi-channel operating model designed, accelerating growth by leveraging the strength and collective power of the company’s portfolio. Prior to FOCUS Brands, Kat was a Vice President at Hooters of America, Inc. She received her MBA from Georgia State University and received an honorary doctorate from Johnson and Wales University. She invests in and advises founders and early stage startups such as Tomboy X apparel, Orpheus Brewing, an Atlanta-based Craft Brewery, is past chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and is an active humanitarian, on the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council.