Keith is a general manager and entrepreneur with a background in leading high-growth companies in the food and hospitality industry. For five years, Keith was a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Panera Bread where, as Chief Concept Officer, he led a transformation of the company’s menu, steered cafe redesign and shaped its new voice and branding. He also led the company’s M&A function.
Keith serves as an Independent Director of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. and was previously CEO of Goji, a developer of a revolutionary high-tech cooking technology, and Founder and CEO of Savista, a Point of Sale Software and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company serving the global restaurant industry. In April 2006, Savista sold its BPO division to Accenture and its software business to Micros-Oracle.
Keith started his career in Operations at McDonald’s Corp. and was part of the startup of Einstein Bagels. Keith has played a founding role in six companies and raised over $100MM in capital to fund his various ventures.