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Kat Cole appointed president of Cinnabon

FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes, has announced that Kat Cole has been named President of Cinnabon, Inc, the 25-year-old market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries with more than 770 locations worldwide. She takes over from Gary Bales who will step down as President of Cinnabon but will continue his role as President of Carvel.

“Since joining us only three months ago, Kat has made a tremendous impact on the Cinnabon brand, assessing and addressing key strategic opportunities while learning and leading the business,” said Russ Umphenour, CEO of parent company FOCUS Brands. “Kat is a natural leader and a relationship-builder. She has spent a great deal of time in the field getting to know our franchise partners and their teams, as well as learning about their day-to-day needs and challenges.”

“I love experiencing drivers of the Cinnabon business first-hand and have valued the opportunity to work many hours in our bakeries, getting to know our guests, managers, crew members, corporate support team and other leaders in our organization,” said Kat. “I look forward to continuing to contribute to the strategic and profitable growth of Cinnabon’s franchise partners and the evolution of the Cinnabon brand. I am grateful to lead such a world-class franchise organization.”

Founded in Seattle in 1985 and now based in Atlanta, Cinnabon, Inc. is, it says, the market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries. The company serves fresh, oven-hot cinnamon rolls, as well as a variety of other baked goods and specialty beverages. Cinnabon currently operates more than 770 franchised locations worldwide, primarily in high traffic venues such as shopping malls, airports, train stations, travel plazas, entertainment centers, academic institutions and military establishments. (kbp)

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