Cheryl Bachelder is a passionate restaurant industry executive and former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. When Cheryl joined Popeyes in November 2007, she brought more than 35 years of experience in brand building, operations, and public-company management at companies like Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company, and The Procter & Gamble Company. At Popeyes, Cheryl promptly established a Road Map for Results. This strategic framework led to market share gains of eight points, improved guest ratings, and increased restaurant margins.
Cheryl created a culture based on the Popeyes Purpose: to inspire servant leaders to achieve superior results. This purpose was expressed in the six principles of how they worked together. The Popeyes team focus was to serve the franchise owners well; together they pursued a bold ambition for the enterprise. This produced exceptional performance results. Cheryl wrote a book chronicling the tenets of the Popeyes turnaround, entitled Dare to Serve – How to drive superior results by serving others. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. Cheryl and her husband, Chris, have three daughters.