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Kat Cole
COO and President, North America at FOCUS Brands

Former president of Cinnabon Inc., and most previously Group President of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, Kat Cole is now Chief Operating Officer and President, FOCUS Brands, North America, leading both the global, multi-channel licensing division as well as the 6 brands domestic franchise companies: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAlister’s, and Carvel, overseeing 4200 of the almost 6000 operations globally and all alternative channels such as grocery, foodservice and ecommerce.

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 a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum, member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council, and a mentor, board member and advisor to emerging retail, education and tech startups.

Kat 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 story of moving up from a humble childhood to Hooters waitress at 18 to restaurant executive by 26 and global chain president by 31 is often shared as an example of the American and entrepreneurial dream.

Kat is considered a leader in change management, community engagement, brand building and leadership.