Kat Cole is an investor and advisor to high-growth businesses, funds, and brands with a focus on food and beverage, wellness, franchises, SMB tech, and web3.
As President and Chief Operating Officer at Athletic Greens, Cole joins Chris Ashenden, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, to lead the company and will focus on driving organizational scale, accelerating business growth and global expansion, innovation, and more. Cole brings with her more than a decade leading Focus Brands as COO and President. During her tenure, she led the company’s eight brands including Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, McAllister’s, and Jamba with over 7,000 operations globally as well as the multi-brand licensing and CPG business with over $1Billion in annual sales.
Prior to Focus Brands, Kat was Vice President at Hooters, starting as a waitress, becoming a corporate employee by 20, VP by 26, and leading the company’s global growth through franchising, training, and operations as a member of the global executive team culminating in the sale of the company into private equity in 2010.
She is now investing and advising at the intersection of consumer, NFTs, web3 and the broader move to decentralization and the ownership economy.
Kat is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Board of Directors of growth stage VC and PE backed companies Milk Bar and Slice as well as on the Board of HumanCo SPAC. Her investment and advisory portfolio includes over 60 early stage companies, with a focus on omni-channel consumer product businesses. Kat is a past member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council, was featured on CBS' "Undercover Boss”, and was named one of Fortune’s 40 under 40. She is a college dropout, yet has her MBA in International Business from Georgia State University and an Honorary Doctorate from Johnson and Wales University.