ST. LOUIS — Panera Bread, a subsidiary of JAB Holding Co., is adding two industry veterans to its senior management team. Karen Kelley has joined the company as senior vice-president and chief restaurant operations officer, and Anita Vanderveer has been named chief people officer.
Ms. Kelley was most recently president of Tatte Bakery & Café and before that was president and chief operating officer for Sweetgreen. Prior to joining Sweetgreen, Ms. Kelley was president and c.o.o. of Drybar, senior vice-president of domestic and international operations at Pinkberry Ventures, Inc. and senior vice-president of operations at Jamba Juice. Earlier in her career, she was vice-president of operations at Boston Market and spent 12 years at Taco Bell.
Ms. Vanderveer joins Panera from Sonic Corp., where she was the senior vice-president of people for the company’s national headquarters since April 2011. Ms. Vanderveer began her career with Yum! Brands, Inc. as national director of brand training and franchise, a role she held for 25 years.
“I am thrilled to welcome Karen and Anita to team Panera,” said Blaine E. Hurst, president and chief operating officer of Panera. “Their experience and leadership in the restaurant industry is truly unparalleled. I’m looking forward to working alongside them to strengthen and grow both the guest experience and the associate experience.”