COO & President, FOCUS Brands North America
Kat Cole’s Twitter handle reads “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, Coffee-loving Chronic Learner.” This not only describes her as a person, it describes the philosophies she applies to business, brands, and life.
Before being promoted to COO and president of FOCUS Brands North America, Cole spent four years as president of Cinnabon, Inc., where she was accountable for leading, evolving, and building the team and multichannel brand.
Her story is often shared for inspiration. At 17 years old, she was working as a restaurant hostess and moved up to server and bartender, then began traveling globally to help open new franchises and learn every job in the restaurant business.
Cole is a sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership development, brand building, change management, and brand innovation and growth. She has been a featured guest on CBS, CNN, Bloomberg CNBC, MSNBC, and more. She was featured with Cinnabon on CBS’s “Undercover Boss” in 2012, was named one of Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2013, and included on CNBC’s “Next 25 List of Innovators, Leaders, and Disruptors” in 2014.