Mike Bufano, Panera Bread

Mike Bufano, EVP and Chief Financial Officer Panera Bread.
Panera Bread
Mike Bufano, EVP and Chief Financial Officer Panera Bread.

Mike Bufano, EVP, CFO, has served as Chief Financial Officer of Panera Bread since April 2015. In addition, he has led the Panera CPG business unit since December 2016, the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Business Unit since June 2019, and also oversees the Human Resources function. In his CFO role, he is responsible for Panera's finance, accounting and compensation & benefits departments. In his Panera At Home role, he has full P&L responsibility for Panera's $250M+ consumer packaged goods business.

Mike previously served as Senior Vice President of Planning and was responsible for financial planning and forecasting, as well as business analysis. Previously, he served as Vice President of Planning from July 2010 to August 2014.

Prior to joining Panera, Mike spent nine years at PepsiCo in various strategy, financial planning and business analysis roles for the company's soft drink and bottle water business. In addition, Mike helped build the sales strategy and analysis function supporting the teams selling to PepsiCo's largest retail partners. He also served as the head of Financial Planning & Analysis for Americas Beverages, including North and Latin America. Prior to PepsiCo, Mike worked for Accenture, consulting for clients in the telecommunications, banking, and pharmaceutical industries.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Business. He lives in Boston, where he spends his free time running, volunteering, traveling, and keeping a low profile as New York Yankees fan behind enemy lines.