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Blaine Hurst


President & CEO
Panera Bread
Blaine Hurst is President and Chief Executive Officer of Panera, LLC, assuming the role of CEO effective January 1, 2018 after serving as President since December 2016.
Blaine joined Panera in late 2010 to begin the Panera 2.0 initiative, an enhanced guest experience enabled by technology but rooted in operational integrity. Today, considered by many to be a digital leader, Panera currently processes nearly 30% of its orders digitally, with approximately $1.2B in digital sales in 2017. The company has more than 29mm members in its loyalty program, representing over half of Panera’s transactions.
Working with Panera’s founder, Blaine has helped transform Panera into America’s leading fast casual restaurant, whose initiatives are reshaping the restaurant industry.
Blaine is the author of four published patents and has been named by Fast Casual Magazine as one of their Movers and Shakers for the last 3 years. As a result of Panera’s 2.0 work, Fast Company ranked Panera No. 1 as the Most Innovative Company in Food, and 27th overall, in 2015. Fast Casual Magazine awarded Panera the number one brand of the year in 2015, and Panera was named a Marketer of the Year by Ad Age magazine in 2017.
Prior to joining Panera, Blaine served as President, Restaurant Technology Solutions, LLC, a division of eMac Digital. Prior to eMac, he was Vice Chairman and President of Papa John's International Inc., after serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President, Information Services. As the company’s first CIO, he led the development and rollout of the restaurant industry’s first nationwide online ordering system. Earlier in his career, Blaine was a consulting division Partner with Ernst & Young, founding the firm's Center for Information Technology Planning and Development.
Blaine earned a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in Computer Science from Indiana University. He is also a proud Kentucky Colonel.

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3:30 - 4:15 PM
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