Neal Yanofsky

Restaurant Executive
Neal Yanofsky’s career has spanned several industries, with the common thread of developing strategies and building teams that drive the expansion of high growth enterprises. Neal is currently Chairman of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and a director and senior advisor to Snap Kitchen; both are portfolio companies of Catterton Partners. He also serves on the boards of three venture-backed companies and on the advisory board of activist hedge fund Voce Capital. Previously in the restaurant industry Neal served as President, International of Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN), where he was responsible for all of the firm’s operations outside the U.S., comprising 7,000 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins locations in more than 50 countries. Neal was President of Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA), the definitive leader in the “quick casual” segment of the restaurant industry. During Neal’s tenure Panera’s system-wide sales tripled to over $2.5 billion and the company’s stock generated the highest compounded annual growth in the restaurant industry. In addition to his operating experience, Neal spent ten years at Fidelity Investments. As Vice President of Fidelity Ventures he was responsible for re-starting Fidelity’s venture capital program, forming and managing a group investing predominantly in early-stage health care technology companies and producing returns almost double the industry average. In the retail industry, Neal was CEO of Generation Mobile, a venture-backed firm that was the largest independent multi-brand retailer of wireless products and services. Earlier in his career he was vice president, market development for Charrette Corporation, and chief marketing officer for Au Bon Pain. Neal is a former adjunct faculty member at Simmons School of Management and former faculty member at Radcliffe Seminars. He is a regular guest lecturer at universities including MIT’s Sloan School, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Boston University’s MBA program, Rhode Island School of Design and University of New Hampshire. Neal received his A.B. from Harvard College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and completed a post-graduate fellowship at London School of Economics. He serves on the board of the West End House and is a member of the Harvard Art Museum Collections Committee.