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Panera Updates Executive Leadership Team

Former Darden and McDonald's executives Madsen and Koziol join the fast-casual restaurant chain.

Panera Bread Company named Drew Madsen president and Ken Koziol executive vice president. Ron Shaich continues in his role of chairman and CEO. Madsen will oversee the core café business, while Shaich focuses on strategy, growth initiatives and innovation across the company.

Madsen spent nine years as president and COO of Darden Restaurants Inc., a large multiconcept restaurant operator. His background also includes serving in leadership positions with International Masters Publishers and James River Corp.

Koziol comes to Panera from McDonald's, where he served as executive vice president, worldwide chief restaurant officer. His McDonald's background also includes serving in a variety of other leadership roles.