Taking Pinkberry Global
Ryan Patel, a thought leader in building brands globally, serves on several Advisory Boards and Boards of Directors across different sectors from social responsibility to technology. As a global executive, he has worked for startups to publicly traded companies; his deep knowledge in global economies, innovation, strategy and consumer trends has made him an expert in scaling businesses worldwide. He is a frequent TV contributor on CNN International and featured in Entrepreneur, CNN, Yahoo, Franchising World Magazine and several others. Patel was awarded the 2015 Executive of the Year by the LA Business Journal and Special US Congressional Recognition for outstanding services to the community.
Patel recently served as the Vice President of Global Development for Pinkberry, which was one of the fastest growing retail brands globally. Under his tenure, the company had gone from less than 95 locations to over 270 stores in 23 countries. He has also been a key player at some of the world’s most innovative companies including Jamba Juice, Panda Express, BJ’s Restaurants and Wet Seal Retail, Inc. Patel has a unique and diverse view of the changing nature of trends impacting consumers, competition, technology, governments, distribution and management. He has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs and advisor to many companies in its growth to mature stages.
Patel is a strong believer in giving back to the community and paying it forward, and serves as a Board of Director at the American Red Cross LA. His passion in combining social responsibility and business has led him to discuss relevant and real world situations which is accessible to both students and professionals alike. Patel is a frequent speaker at universities and conferences in the US and around the globe including London School of Economics, Wharton School of Business and Osaka University to name a few. He received his Bachelors from University of California, Berkeley and received his MBA from the Paul Merage Business School at University of California, Irvine.