Ron Shaich is the founder and Executive Chairman of Panera Bread Company. Earlier in his career Shaich cofounded Au Bon Pain. Under Shaich\'s leadership, Panera Bread has grown from a single store to over 1,400 bakery-cafes in 40 states and Canada. Shaich received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University in 1976 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1978. He resides in Brookline, MA with his wife, Nancy, and children, Michael and Emma.