Panera Bread Company named company veteran Blaine Hurst president effective Dec. 12, 2016. He replaces Drew Madsen who resigned for personal reasons.blaine-e-hurstBlaine Hurst

In his new role, Hurst will focus on Panera’s retail cafe business.

Hurst has been with Panera since 2010 and has held a number of senior leadership positions, most recently as executive vice president – chief transformation and growth officer. Earlier in his career, Hurst held leadership positions with such restaurant industry companies as Papa John’s International Inc. and Boston Chicken.