Clyde’s Donuts Announces Key Leadership Promotions

ADDISON, IL (December 15, 2022) – Today, Clyde’s Donuts announced several important changes to its Leadership team. Josh Bickford, EVP of Strategic Initiatives, will assume the role of President, reporting to Kim Bickford, CEO. Vice President of Operations, Nero Patel has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and Controller John Olson has been promoted to Vice President of Finance.

“As our organization continues to grow, it is important that we evaluate and adjust our leadership structure to meet the evolving needs of our business while rewarding those who have made substantial contributions to our success,” explains Kim Bickford, CEO of Clyde’s Donuts. “We have assembled a fantastic leadership team, and I have full confidence they will continue to take Clyde’s to the next level.”

As fourth-generation family member of the business, Josh Bickford joined Clyde’s Donuts in 2009 and has been instrumental in leading a number of critical growth and long-term strategic initiatives in the areas of operations, marketing and technology.

In his 28 years with Clyde’s Donuts, Nero Patel has expertly led Clyde’s through numerous rapid growth and expansion initiatives, including most recently the design and construction of its new manufacturing facility in Glendale Heights, IL.

John Olson joined Clyde’s Donuts as Controller in June 2017 and quickly distinguished himself in finance as well as management of supply chain. As Vice President of Finance, John will continue to demonstrate leadership in supply chain and financial strategy across departments.

“I am honored to serve as the President of Clyde’s Donuts and follow the examples of great leadership and vision of the generations before me,” says Josh Bickford. “It has been my privilege to work with our incredibly talented and dedicated people as we have significantly grown and expanded over the past 10 years. I’m excited to lead Clyde’s Donuts and continue our quest to put smiles on our customer’ and consumers’ faces by providing delicious donuts for generations to come.”

 To learn more about Clyde’s Donuts, please visit 

About Clyde’s Donuts 
Clyde’s Donuts is a leading supplier of Ready to Finish and Ready to Sell donuts for the in-store bakery and foodservice markets across the United States. Clyde’s specializes in providing a total donut solution, offering a delicious assortment of private label and branded items to simplify the bakery and satisfy consumer demand. Family-owned and -operated since 1920, Clyde’s focuses on building lasting partnerships and producing delicious donuts that bring Smiles All Around®. For more information about Clyde’s, visit or connect on Facebook. 

# # #