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Kat Cole

From Hooters Girl to the corner office

How Kat Cole went from waitressing at Hooters to running Cinnabon. FORTUNE --If Kat Cole had stuck to her teenage dreams, the 35-year-old Cinnabon president would today be an attorney at DuPont. It takes a certain kind of teenager to aspire for a career as a corporate lawyer at a ...

Kat Cole, a Former Hooters Waitress, Runs Cinnabon's $1 Billion Empire

It’s run by Kat Cole, 35, whose last job was at Hooters. Although some leaders equivocate about the indulgences they sell, Cole embraces them. “It’s almost pornographic,” she says. “It’s just so over-the-top, it’s a sensory experience.” Cole came to Cinnabon three years ...

President of Cinnabon is former Hooters girl

Cinnabon’s 35-year-old chief, Kat Cole, has always worked on the naughtier side of the food industry. Before being named Cinnabon president three years ago, where she oversees a business with $1 billion-plus in sales, she worked at Hooters in Jacksonville, Fla., when she was still in ...

From the sports bar to the boardroom: How one former Hooters waitress worked her way up to become pr...

Woman in charge: Kat Cole started off her food industry career as a waitress at Hooters to pay for college, but soon rose through the ranks and is now the president of Cinnabon Kat Cole, the 35-year-old president of Cinnabon, had an unlikely rise to corporate power. For 15 years ...

Former Hooters Girl Rides a Gooey Pastry to Cinnabon CEO Spot

But for Kat Cole, who rose from waitress to vice-president at the organization, it was a move to become CEO of Cinnabon where she is helping to turn the company into a billion dollar business, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report. And all that is on the strength of a gooey pastry ...

Cinnabon President Talks About 'Undercover Boss'

Cinnabon president Kat Cole recently went on CBS reality show "Undercover Boss," and learned just how hard it is to remain incognito. "In one [location] it was because the employee that I worked with showed me something that I signed for him," she explained to us. "So that was tough...

How Kat Cole Operates Cinnabon Like A Tech Startup

Despite the absence of these, Cinnabon’s president Kat Cole runs the company like a tech startup--albeit a very large one. From hacking product development to partnerships with disruptors in the food and beverage industry, Cole’s infused the business of peddling calorie soaked ...

Kat Cole, Cinnabon, to Address Women in Transportation

Kat Cole, the 35-year-old president of the cinnamon roll brand, Cinnabon, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the 2014 annual conference of WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation that will take place May 14 - 16, 2014, in ...

A Pinch of Drive, A Dash of Ambition: Kat Cole’s Sweet Success

For Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon, eating one of the famous gooey rolls is a perfected art. After taking a healthy bite of the warm, sugary treat, dipped in an extra cup of sweet cream cheese frosting, she says, “That is what we’re famous for.” And she’s right. It’s what’s earned the ...

Cinnabon Vodka Is A Dessert In A Shot

Last month, Cinnabon President Kat Cole warned BuzzFeed that’s what she tells people who ask about eating a Cinnabon and drinking the new Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka at the same time. But it was too late for me. I’d heard about the Cinnabon-flavored vodka and had already poured a shot of it ...

The 70-Proof Cinnabon, Made for 'People Who Like That Kind of Vodka'

Cinnabon President Kat Cole sees it as just the start of a beautiful relationship with parent company Beam Inc. ( BEAM ). “Don’t think I’m not begging. I want a Skinny Girl Cinnabon vodka!,” she said, naming another Beam brand. “It’s one of the only fat-free ways to indulge in Cinnabon.” ...

Kat Cole, Hooters Girl Turned Business Whiz, Transforms Cinnabon Into A Billion Dollar Brand

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Beyond Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer and Oprah: Add These 5 Women to Your Radar

As she explains, “You can’t win if you don’t run.” Kat Cole is credited with turning Cinnabon into a billion dollar brand and she has even bigger plans for the future. Raised by a single mother who worked three jobs to support the family, Cole’s unusual path began as a Hooters ...

N.J. Cinnabon manager gets store of his own after 'Undercover Boss' appearance

But as Kat Cole, Cinnabon’s president, stared at her own signature she was convinced she had just blown her cover. She was in disguise as Alexa Jones, a fictional employee CBS producers created for its show "Undercover Boss. " "I’m surprised that moment didn’t make it into the episode," ...

Kat Cole makes Fortune 40 Under 40

Fortune magazine has picked one Atlantan for its annual 40 Under 40 list -- Cinnabon Inc. CEO Kat Cole. “Three years into her stint at the helm, Cole is transforming private equity-owned Cinnabon into a multichannel consumer brand,” the magazine noted. “Taco Bell and Burger King ...

Yahoo! profiles Kat Cole: From Hooters to Cinnabon

The media outlet on Thursday profiled Kat Cole, CEO of Atlanta-based Cinnabon Inc. in “Secrets to Your Success: Kat Cole .” Click here for the story and video. Cole, who was a speaker at Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2012 Atlanta Business Growth Expo, discusses taking a job ...

Franchise Players: The Sweet Success and Brand Support of a Cinnabon Franchisee

Miguel Di Costanzo was managing three Cinnabon locations in Northern New Jersey when his hard work caught the eye of a covert “employee.” Cinnabon President Kat Cole had passed herself off as an entry level employee under di Costanza for the reality television show Undercover Boss. ...

Secrets to Your Success: Kat Cole

34-year old Cinnabon president Kat Cole got her start in business in an usual way: as a Hooters girl. Kat took a job at the restaurant chain as a 17-year old high school student trying to earn money for college, and she was a 19-year old engineering student at the University of ...

Cinnabon CEO: Possible overtime laws could hurt

Kat Cole, Cinnabon president and CEO, says despite rising commodity prices, business has been fairly stable. Cole also weighs in on obesity and minimum wage...

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