Paula Marshall

Chief Executive Officer, Bama Companies

As Bama’s Chief Executive Officer, Paula Marshall provides strategic leadership and direction to the entire organization. Her vision stands as a beacon for Bama team members, inspiring the organization to achieve the Bama mission – “People Helping People Be Successful”.

Paula assumed responsibility as CEO of the Bama Companies in 1984, which now includes Bama Pie, Bama Foods, Bama Frozen Dough, Beijing Bama and Bama Europa. Under her leadership Bama has expanded to provide a wide variety of frozen desserts and baked goods to fast food chains and casual and family dining restaurants.

Paula received her Bachelor of Science in business from Oklahoma City University (OCU) in 1982, and her PhD in commercial science, also from OCU, in 1993.

Paula is the author of four books, the most recent was co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Jim Stovall. The Executive Entrepreneur is an important conversation starter about how all business people must embrace both entrepreneurship and management to succeed. 

Bama Companies was founded in the 1920s as the Bama Pie Company by Cornelia Alabama Marshall and her husband Frank. Since the 1960s, Bama Companies have been an innovator of wholesome bakery products that cater to the needs of the largest and most well known restaurant chains on the planet. The company’s core product lines are hand-held pies, biscuits, buns, pie shells, and pizza crusts and it develops and maintain long-term partnerships with customers that include:

  • the #1 hamburger chain in the world
  • the #1 pizza chain in the world
  • the #1 Mexican food chain in America
  • the #1 retailer in the world
  • the #1 fried chicken chain in the world