MBA Ministry

Cheryl Bachelder

Director at US Foods Holding Corp. and Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Former CEO, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.
Author, Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others 

Cheryl Bachelder is a passionate, purpose-led business leader — the former CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. From 2007 to 2017, she led the transformation of a tired brand and discouraged organization into a top-performing quick service restaurant chain. The story of the Popeyes success is chronicled in her book Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others. Cheryl’s earlier career included brand leadership roles at Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble. 

Today Cheryl’s aim is to encourage and invest in senior leaders, helping them to understand and implement Dare to Serve leadership in for-profit and non-profit workplaces. 

Cheryl serves as a director and chair of the compensation committee at US Foods Holding Corp (USFD). She is currently the lead independent director at Chick-fil-A, Inc. She is a board member at Workmatters, a ministry that equips Christian leaders to integrate their faith with work. She is a member of CEO Forum, an organization of Christian CEOs that mentor senior executives as they live out their faith in the marketplace. She advises several ministries that develop future Christian leaders: Spring Hill Camps, Crossroad Farms, and Intervarsity’s Believers in Business. 

Cheryl holds Bachelor and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is married 42 years to Chris Bachelder and they have three grown daughters, two terrific son-in-laws, and five handsome grandsons. Cheryl and Chris reside in Pinehurst, NC and attend Christ Community Church. They are avid learners, fans of the classical education movement, and can always be found reading a good book! 

Website: Serving Performs at 

Learn more about Cheryl through her LinkedIn!