Tom Kish is an accomplished Business and Technology executive with over eighteen (18) years of experience creating and leading IT organizations. Tom created teams capable of building and sustaining the infrastructure needed to support rapidly growing business environments as they transition to multi-billion dollar global, public corporations.
He previously was the Senior Vice President, CIO for Panera Bread. During his thirteen (13) year tenure with Panera, Tom was a member of the senior management team responsible for developing a new restaurant segment recognized today as Fast Casual. Prior to Panera, Tom was with Papa John’s for over five (5) years. As Vice President of Information Systems and Support Services he built and implemented Papa John’s IT infrastructure and organization, while turning around Papa John’s $30 million Print and Promotions Subsidiary. For both Papa John’s and Panera, Tom launched each brands eCommerce business. Today Papa John’s eCommerce business is over 5 billion dollars and growing.
Tom’s reputation is based on being a skilled professional at aligning technology and business strategies to deliver innovation, business growth, and operational performance. Tom is a resourceful leader who drives aggressive planning, execution and accountability. Tom’s true passion is creating a fun and exciting work environment where he identifies and develops talent ultimately getting the right team member in the right place at the right time to leverage each of their capabilities for the overall good of the team.
Tom started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co as a Consultant in the manufacturing industry after he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.