LAKEWOOD, COLO. — Glenn Lunde has been named chief concept officer at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. Mr. Lunde has more than 20 years of experience in developing and executing marketing strategies, product development and concept innovation for a variety of restaurant companies and will lead the strategic direction for the Einstein Bros. Bagels, Noah’s New York Bagels, and Manhattan Bagel brands.

“Glenn possesses significant expertise in successfully defining and driving the direction for accomplished brands in both the fast-casual and quick-service segments, and we are confident this know-how will be a tremendous asset for Einstein Noah as we continue to elevate our brands and accelerate our growth,” said Jeff O’Neill, president and chief executive officer of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. “Glenn’s proven ability to achieve results through creativity, collaboration, and disciplined execution will play an important role as we solidify our leadership position in fresh-baked bagels, premium sandwiches, and specialty beverages.”

Prior to joining Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Mr. Lunde was senior vice-president and chief guest officer for Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., which includes Panda Express, Panda Inn, and Hibachi-San, where he was responsible for marketing, product development and food safety/quality assurance. Previously, Mr. Lunde was senior vice-president, chief marketing and chief concept officer for Round Table Pizza Inc., following eight years at Taco Bell. At Taco Bell he led the development of several significant products for the brand, including the Chalupa and Gordita product lines.

Mr. Lunde received a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business from UCLA.