Panera Bread former chief concept officer Scott Davis has a new gig. He's joined CoreLife Eatery as brand president and will help the 2-year-old company open 60 stores per year over the next five years, according to a company press release.
The chain opened the doors of its first location in Syracuse, New York, and now has nine units operating in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The 10th will open this week in Ithaca, New York.
Davis, who served as CCO of Panera Bread from its inception in 1996 until December 2015, was a member of the executive strategy team for Panera and confidant of CEO Ron Shaich.
"I am forever indebted to Ron for his leadership, friendship and commitment to making a difference in the world," Davis said. "His influence has had a profound and lasting impact on me and the entire restaurant industry."
"We are extremely proud to announce Scott Davis as a critical part of our executive team to help CoreLife Eatery continue its growth trajectory and introduce the brand and its offering to new communities throughout the United States," said Larry Wilson, CEO of CoreLife Eatery. "Mr. Davis was a critical part of the inception, growth and success of Panera Bread and CoreLife Eatery will benefit tremendously from his wealth of industry knowledge, expertise and experience."
Davis will speak about his strategy for CoreLife at the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 22–24, in Nashville. Registration is now open.