Drew Madsen

A proven executive with strong general management, brand-building and culture-building experience, Mr. Madsen joined the board of The Mayflower in 2017. He serves as a board member of Noodles & Company, a $450 million pioneering fast-casual restaurant chain and is a former board member of Talbots Inc., a specialty retailer of women’s fashion. In addition, Mr. Madsen was a 10-year board member of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (“Darden”), the world’s largest full-service restaurant company. Mr. Madsen began his career at General Mills and moved on to lead some of the most successful and well-respected businesses in the restaurant industry. Most recently, he was President of Panera Bread and lead the company to its strongest sales growth while steadily improving its earnings and positioning. Prior to Panera, Mr. Madsen served as President & Chief Operating Officer at Darden for nearly 10 out of 15 years. At Darden, he helped establish the company as one of the most successful multi-brand operators in full-service dining. Mr. Madsen earned an MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from DePauw University where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.