Kat ColeAtlanta, Georgia, United States
Seasoned executive and leader with deep expertise building global brands, businesses, and high performing teams. Board member, investor, and advisor with broad experience in leading consumer brands, food, retail, and scaling franchise organizations through various stages of growth. Growth leader who has built businesses at the intersection Main Street and Wall Street, connecting big brands and businesses with small and mid-sized independent business owners. Seasoned President and COO with experience in strategy, operations, culture & communications, crisis-management, development, M&A/reorganization, change management, integrating digital and physical brand expressions and communities, multi-channel brand extensions, consumer brands, marketing, PR & media, licensing, strategic alliances & partnerships, domestic and international franchising, operating model pivots - Business Advisor: High growth business strategies and teams, multi-channel brand architecture, licensing and partnership approaches, international expansion, executive communication skills, bridging and integrating worlds of startup thinking and innovation and large, established corporate structures, building effective cross-cultural and cross-generational teams and relationships, aligning communication, training and incentives to drive business results, interpersonal skills to manage strategic implementation of difficult change - Speaker & Facilitator - Change Management, Innovation, Leadership Development, Business Integration (Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Model Transition, High Growth, Hyper Competitive Markets), Resilience, Driving Sales and Impact - Board Member for private, public and both VC and PE backed companies (Milk Bar, HumanCo SPAC, Slice) as well as Trade Associations, Industry Groups and Non-Profit Organizations (UN, CGI, WEF//YGL, YPO, NRAEF, WFF, GRA) - Volunteer and volunteer group leader for organizations that support the development of underserved populations around the world through skill training, entrepreneurial mindset, and sustainable practices
Board Member
HumanCo SPAC
Dec 2020 - Current
Board Member
Nov 2020 - Current
Board Member
Milk Bar
Nov 2019 - Current
COO and President
FOCUS Brands
Jun 2017 - Current
Lead the company’s mulit-billion dollar businesses of seven brands and all operating divisions, including franchising, company operations, licensing and international divisions, building revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing, and e-commerce. Presidents of Jamba, Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon, McAlister's Deli, Moe's Southwest Grill, Carvel, Shlotzsky's, Focus Brands International and Focus Brands Global Channels are my direct reports. I sit on Focus Brands Executive Committee with the CEO, CFO and other ELT members driving strategy, investment and resource allocation and overall direction of the parent company as well as representing operations in strategy, diligence and integration for acquisitions. Represent brands and business to the Board of Directors and Private Equity Sponsors. Led 2 major company restructuring efforts to leverage scale and prepare for next chapter of growth: (2015 and 2020) moving to a matrix structure, center of excellence, and brand team structures to position the company for acquisitions and accelerated multi-channel expansion.
Global Entrepreneurs Council
United Nations
Mar 2016 - Mar 2018
Strategic advisory council bringing together highly successful, high profile entrepreneurs and thought leaders who are committed to finding innovative solutions to global problems. Helping the UN and UN Foundation reach new audiences and enhance public-private partnerships.
Group President
FOCUS Brands
Jan 2015 - Jun 2017
President of FOCUS Brands' Global, Multi Channel division. Build and lead the team, organization, strategy and results that grow all 6 brands at FOCUS Brands, Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon, Moe's, Schlotzsky's, McAllister's, Carvel through global, multichannel retail growth. Grow sales and profits through licensing, manufacturing, ecommerce and all global non-franchise retail channels.
Young Global Leader (YGL)
World Economic Forum
Feb 2014 - Dec 2020
Community of next generation leaders collaborating, learning and impacting global challenges by engaging in initiatives and actions that drive understanding, solutions and advancement of global, regional and industry goals.
COO and President
FOCUS Brands
Oct 2010 - Jan 2021
President, Cinnabon, Inc.
FOCUS Brands
Oct 2010 - Jan 2015
President of Cinnabon, Inc. a global franchise and multi-channel retail brand and business operating in 68 countries with over $1Billion in global, multi-channel branded product sales. Build and lead the team, organization, brand and complete business. Delivered record financial results, franchisee satisfaction, brand awareness and business model diversity. Developed many leaders who went on to lead within and outside the organization, full brand and business turnaround. Helped build new operating model at FOCUS Brands, Inc. and moved on to take larger, strategic role leading global multi-channel growth for all of FOCUS (all 6 brands).
Board of Directors
Dec 2009 - Mar 2017
GRA PAC Board - President
Georgia Restaurant Association
Feb 2009 - Aug 2010
Lead the Political Action Committee along with Greg Hawkins of Arby's/Wendy's - great opportunity to support state government and ensure Georgia's Restaurant Industry is heard on its key issues.
Vice President
Hooters of America
Dec 1995 - Oct 2010
Partner with Operations Leadership to achieve Organizational Goals Operational l Leadership, Training, Development Report to and support CEO Lead Training and Development Department & Initiatives Integrate Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Accountability into Culture of Organizational Learning Culture and Concept Integration: New International Franchisees Internal Communications: Training and Development of Company Initiatives Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Industry Relations and Government Affairs
Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business
EMBA, Business/International Business
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