Clyde’s is seeking to hire an experienced, hands-on HR manager to help position us for future growth. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a happy, financially strong, high-growth company that is genuinely interested in the well-being of their employees.

Clyde’s is adding a Director of Marketing to take our communications, brand, and product strategies to the next level. The Director of Marketing will build a high impact marketing and R&D department while partnering with the executive team to develop brand and product strategies that grow market share, profitable sales, customer loyalty and consumer delight.

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.

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Clyde’s Donut’s second facility “85 West”

Clyde’s Donuts produces more than one million glazed donuts, filled donuts, donut holes and other varieties every day, following the same high-quality, handcrafted batch recipes their family has used for over 100 years! In this Q&A session with Chicago’s Daily Herald, Josh Bickford details the exciting plans for second expansion and the future of Clyde’s Donuts for donut lovers across the country!

Baking and the food industry has a long history in Chicago, and we’re proud to be part of continuing that tradition today.

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Willard W. Bickford


It is with great sadness that the Bickford Family and all at Clyde’s Donuts announce the passing of Chairman Emeritus and second generation owner Willard W. Bickford.

Willard W. Bickford, known as ‘Bill’, and affectionately referred to by his employees as “Mr. B”, aged 94, died on November 6, 2021, in Schaumburg, Illinois.  He was born in Corning, Iowa in 1927, and raised on his family’s farm.  He was the youngest of 8 siblings.  After a short career in the U.S. Navy at the very end of World War II, he moved to Chicago and began his career at Clyde’s Delicious Donuts on April 1, 1948, working for the man who would become his father-in-law. 

After taking full ownership of Clyde’s in 1963, the company embarked on a period of growth and modernization for many decades.  Bill provided ‘hands on’ direction and leadership of the company into the 21st century.  Dad loved his work and career at Clyde’s, he loved donuts, and he loved the many employees who have made Clyde’s successful.