LEADERSHIP & BOARD

LEADERSHIP & BOARD

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
Wyman Roberts
Chief Executive Officer and President, Brinker International, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President, Brinker International Inc.

Wyman Roberts

Wyman T. Roberts currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Brinker International, Inc., who owns or franchises more than 1,600 restaurants around the globe on behalf of the company’s Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy® brands. In this role, he is responsible for driving the development of growth-oriented strategies for Brinker brands and overseeing global restaurant operations and expansion. 

Wyman joined Brinker in 2005 and has held multiple key leadership roles, including President of Maggiano’s, Brinker’s Chief Marketing Officer and President of Chili’s. During his tenure, Wyman has been a positive force in leading Chili’s and Brinker’s turnaround and driving shareholder value. Most recently, he led a dramatic re-energizing of almost every aspect of Chili’s, one of America’s iconic restaurant brands. As brand President of Maggiano’s, Wyman established structured guiding principles and a brand identity, creating a strong foundation. 

In addition to his current position, Wyman serves on the board of directors for both Brinker and SP+ Corporation. He also plays a key role in Brinker’s community outreach, including leading company wide support of national charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and Make-A-Wish®. 

Wyman is a 30-year hospitality and restaurant industry veteran with an extensive marketing background. Prior to joining Brinker, Wyman served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for NBC’s Universal Parks & Resorts and held numerous senior level positions during his 17-year tenure with Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Wyman earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master’s of Business Administration from Brigham Young University. 

Outside the office, Wyman is active in his church and passionate about teaching and mentoring the youth. He is also an avid triathlete and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Steve Provost
Executive Vice President and Chief Concept Officer for Chili’s® Grill & Bar

Executive Vice President and Chief Concept Officer for Chili’s® Grill & Bar

Steve Provost

Steve Provost is executive vice president and chief concept officer at Brinker International, Inc., where he oversees supply chain management, engineering, strategic growth and culinary innovation. His team develops creative ways for Brinker and its brands to leverage the consumer, social, economic and technological changes that are disrupting the restaurant industry for the good of Brinker’s Guests, Team Members and shareholders.

Steve became a BrinkerHead in 2009 as senior vice president of marketing and brand strategy for Maggiano’s Little Italy®, and later that year became brand president. During his eight years as president, Maggiano’s drove 23 consecutive quarters of sales growth and more than doubled profitability. He was promoted to executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Chili’s® Grill & Bar in 2017 where he helped cut the menu by a third, launched the brand’s value platform, brought back the famous Baby Back Ribs jingle and accelerated investment in digital marketing. Steve’s deep knowledge of the restaurant business and innovative approach led to his current role of chief concept officer in 2018.

Prior to joining Brinker, Steve served as chief marketing officer and executive vice president of Quizno’s Master, LLC and gained 15 years of senior leadership experience at Yum! Brands, Inc. including roles in marketing, operations, franchise and concept development for multiple brands.

Steve enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa, his three daughters, Emily, Elizabeth and Christina and his five grandchildren. He also plays tennis and reads anything he can get his eyes on. Steve currently serves on the board of Make-A-Wish® North Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

Wade Allen
Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Brinker International, Inc.

Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer

Wade Allen

Wade Allen serves as senior vice president and chief digital officer at Brinker International, Inc. where he oversees information technology, data security and analytics. His team bridges technology and marketing to create a seamless digital experience for Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy® Guests and Team Members.

During his tenure, Wade served as vice president of digital Guest experience and analytics for Chili’s where he led the implementation and continued advancement of tabletop devices, My Chili’s Rewards and Chili’s mobile app and website.

Prior to joining Brinker in 2014, Wade served as president of CouponFactory, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rockfish Interactive. He held positions as vice president of retail for Rockfish Interactive and as an account director/solution lead at the integrated marketing agency, RAPP, where he worked on a number of Brinker brands.

Wade and his wife, Erin, have four children, Andrew, Noah, Luke and Addison. He enjoys reading about emerging technology, politics and history and stays active through participating in water sports, snow sports and other athletic activities.

Wade serves on the digital innovation advisory council for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and is an active member of his church. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.

Rick Badgley
Executive Vice President and Chief People and Administrative Officer

Executive Vice President and Chief People and Administrative Officer

Rick Badgley

Rick Badgley serves as executive vice president and chief people and administrative officer for Brinker International, Inc., one of the world’s leading casual dining companies and home of Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy®.

Rick oversees all aspects of the Team Member experience for Brinker and its brands, including executive and organizational development, talent selection, learning and development, Team Member relations, diversity and inclusion, benefits and compensation. At an enterprise level, he also leads key business priorities such as business continuity, global business development for Chili’s, along with corporate communications, government relations and Guest relations.

Rick joined Brinker in 2016 as chief people officer and transformed the PeopleWorks team to strategic business partners resulting in record-high Team Member engagement, industry-leading turnover and award-winning training programs. His team developed best-in-class programs including Best You EDU, a no-cost education program, and the certified shift leader career path, which gives hourly Team Members a clear path into management and is accredited through the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and U.S. Department of Labor. In 2018, he was promoted to his current role and took on additional responsibility, including leading Chili’s global business.

Prior to joining Brinker, Rick served as vice president of talent management and retail for TOMS where he was responsible for leading all aspects of talent globally, which ranged from recruiting and selection to talent and succession planning and employee experience. In addition, Rick led TOMS brick and mortar strategy, which included the construction, design, experience and operations of new stores globally. Previous to that, he served as vice president of global staffing and learning for Starbucks Corporation and senior vice president of selection and staffing for Wyndham Worldwide. His passion for the restaurant and hospitality business started at a young age when he worked all types of restaurant jobs for concepts owned and operated by his father.

Rick enjoys spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and two boys, Jackson and Cameron. He holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management and a master’s in hospitality administration from Johnson and Wales University.

Kelly C. Baltes
Executive Vice President and President of Maggiano’s Little Italy

Executive Vice President and President of Maggiano’s Little Italy

Kelly C. Baltes

Kelly C. Baltes serves as president of Maggiano’s Little Italy® and executive vice president of Brinker International, Inc. one of the world’s leading casual dining companies and home of Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s.

Kelly sets the strategy and direction for the brand to deliver on business results, and oversees all aspects of Maggiano’s including growth and development, operations, marketing, finance and PeopleWorks. He is an engaging leader with a hands-on orientation. After joining Brinker in July 2018, Kelly visited all 52 Maggiano’s restaurants in his first 90 days to immerse himself in the brand and culture and to spend time with Teammates and Guests.

Prior to joining Brinker, Kelly served as chairman and chief executive officer of Cheddar’s, Inc., where he more than doubled its size and received industry recognition with a Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award. He is a seasoned restaurant executive with more than 30 years of leadership experience including previous leadership roles at Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Good Smoke Holdings, LLC.

Kelly’s restaurant career began with bussing tables while in high school where he quickly realized the satisfaction that comes with doing his personal best and finding efficiencies in his work. He found great mentors in the industry and continued working his way through every position in the restaurant.

Kelly enjoys spending time with his wife, Jane, and children, Austin and Sophie. Together, they live a very active lifestyle that includes many sports, running and biking. They enjoy summer breaks on 30A in Florida and making scratch pizza every Sunday night. Kelly also enjoys speaking at hospitality schools to connect with and influence future leaders of the industry.

Kelly holds an MBA from Auburn University and a bachelor’s degree in business and management from University of Phoenix.

Doug Comings
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Chili’s® Grill & Bar

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Chili’s® Grill & Bar

Doug Comings

Ellie Doty
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Chili’s® Grill & Bar

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Chili’s® Grill & Bar

Ellie Doty

Ellie Doty serves as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Brinker International, Inc., one of the world’s leading casual dining companies and home of Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy®.

Ellie is responsible for U.S. and international Chili’s brand marketing. This includes everything from using insights to intimately know Chili’s Guests and Team Members, to innovation of the menu, and of course sharing Chili’s awesomeness from the rooftops (which means less actual rooftops and more advertising, media, public relations, digital marketing and social media).

Since joining Brinker in June 2017, Ellie and her team ensure that Chili’s Guests are at the core of every decision and as a result, have developed and executed creative programs that Guests love and keep coming back for, such as the latest value platforms around the 3 for $10 menu and the $5 margarita of the month.

Ellie brings 12 years of restaurant marketing experience with Yum! Brands including roles with Taco Bell and most recently KFC, where she helped turnaround the KFC Canada business.

When she’s not thinking of what else her team can do to make Chili’s Guests feel special, Ellie serves as executive chef at home cooking her way through Splendor in the Bluegrass, a cookbook honoring her home state of Kentucky. She also enjoys traveling with her husband, Jed, and children, J.D. and Wes, and declares she can take on anyone in a round of Elvis Presley trivia.

Ellie serves on the board of Cure CF Louisville, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. She is also an active member of Women’s Foodservice Forum. She earned an MBA of marketing from Rollins College and a bachelor’s degree in English from Centre College.

Her favorite Chili’s dish? Either the Smokehouse Combo (Original BBQ Ribs and Honey-Chipotle Crispers) or the Margarita Grilled Chicken.

Charlie Lousignont
Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Brinker International, Inc.

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Brinker International, Inc.

Charlie Lousignont

Charlie Lousignont is Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Brinker International. In this role, he oversees all supply chain functions including procurement, food safety and quality assurance, distribution and logistics, brand program management and supply chain systems for Brinker’s corporate-owned restaurants. Charlie also ensures supply chain initiatives are consistent and supportive of the Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy® brand vision and objectives.

Prior to joining Brinker in 2014, Charlie served as Chief Procurement Officer of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro where he was responsible for purchasing, distribution and quality assurance. He also held positions as the Vice President of Supply Chain Management for ARAMARK North American Food and Hospitality Services and Chief Procurement Officer for Centralized Supply Chain Services.

Charlie currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association’s Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the University of Miami.

In his spare time, Charlie enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, Kathy, and their three children, and running and cycling.   

Joe Taylor
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brinker International, Inc.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brinker International, Inc.

Joe Taylor

Joe Taylor is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Brinker International, Inc., one of the world’s leading casual dining companies and home of Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy®.

Joe oversees corporate finance, Chili’s brand finance, planning and analysis, investor relations, restaurant development, risk management, accounting, tax and internal audit for Brinker and its brands. Joe joined the Brinker family in 1999 as vice president of finance, and went on to hold various leadership roles in finance, corporate affairs and communications before being promoted to his current position in 2017. Prior to joining Brinker, Joe spent nearly 18 years in the banking industry in several client-related and corporate finance positions.

Joe actively engages with the restaurant industry and has held leadership positions with multiple trade associations. He is director emeritus of the National Restaurant Association and trustee emeritus of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Joe and his wife are active community members in Dallas and proud parents of three daughters. In his free time, he enjoys escaping to the golf course. Joe is a graduate of Duke University making him an avid college basketball fan.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John W. Chidsey
Former CEO and Chairman of Burger King Holdings, Inc.

Former CEO and Chairman of Burger King Holdings, Inc.

John W. Chidsey

John Chidsey serves as an Executive Board Member of TopTech Holdings, LLC (d/b/a HotSchedules.com). Chidsey served as co-chairman of the Board of Directors of Burger King Holdings, Inc. from October 2010 to April 2011. Prior to the sale of Burger King Holdings, Inc. to 3G Capital, he served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of its board from April 2006, including as chairman of the board from July 2008. From September 2005 until April 2006, he served as President and Chief Financial Officer. He served as President, North America, from June 2004 to September 2005, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer from March 2004 until June 2004. Prior to joining Burger King, Chidsey served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for two corporate divisions of Cendant Corp.: the Vehicle Services Division that included Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car Systems, PHH and Wright Express and the Financial Services Division that included Jackson Hewitt and various membership and insurance companies. Prior to joining Cendant, Chidsey served as the Director of Finance of Pepsi-Cola Eastern Europe and the Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo World Trading Co., Inc. Chidsey currently serves on the Board of Directors of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and on the Governing Board of the privately held company, Instawares Holdings, LLC. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Chidsey joined the Board of Directors for Brinker International, Inc. in Jan. 2019.

Cindy L. Davis
Former Nike Executive

Former Nike Executive

Cindy L. Davis

Cindy Davis is a former Nike executive where she was Vice President of Nike Inc. and President of Nike Golf. Prior to that, Davis was Senior Vice President at Golf Channel, a division of Comcast Corporation, and was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Arnold Palmer Golf Management, LLC. In addition to Brinker International, Inc., Davis serves on the Board of Directors for Deckers Brands and Kennametal, Inc. and previously served on the board of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Davis earned an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BA in Economics from Furman University. Davis joined the Board of Directors for Brinker International, Inc. in Jan. 2019.

Joseph M. DePinto
Chairman of the Board for Brinker International, Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc.

Chairman of the Board for Brinker International, Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc.

Joseph M. DePinto

Joe DePinto is the President and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc. and leads the premier company in convenience retailing. Globally, there are more than 59,300 7-Eleven stores of which some 10,730 stores are in North America.

Before being appointed Chief Executive of 7-Eleven, Inc. in 2005, DePinto was President of GameStop Corporation. He has also held executive positions at PepsiCo, Inc. and Thornton Oil Corporation.

DePinto is a Board Director of 7-Eleven, Inc., Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. and is Chairman of the Board of Brinker International. Additionally, he is a Board Member of Business Executives for National Security and the Southwestern Medical Foundation. He is also a member of the Kellogg School of Management Global Advisory Group and the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group. In addition to serving as the Brinker International Board Chairman, Mr. DePinto has served on the Board of Directors since November 2013.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, DePinto earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Harriet Edelman
Special Advisor to the Chairman of Emigrant Bank

Special Advisor to the Chairman of Emigrant Bank

Harriet Edelman

Harriet Edelman is Vice-Chairman of the Emigrant Bank since November 2010 and serves as a management member of the Board of Emigrant Bank. Previously, Ms. Edelman served as Advisor to the Chairman of Emigrant Bank from June 2008 through October 2010, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Avon Products, Inc. from January 2000 through March 2008, and as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain from May 1996 to January 2000, and was a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Ms. Edelman also serves on the Board of Directors of UCB Pharma, a Brussels-based biopharmaceutical company. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University and is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the New York Blood Center. Ms. Edelman has served on the Board of Directors since March 2008 and is the Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Company.

Michael A. George
President and Chief Executive Officer of Qurate Retail, Inc.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Qurate Retail, Inc.

Michael A. George

Michael A. George is President and Chief Executive Officer of Qurate Retail, Inc., a media conglomerate, since April 2018. Previously, George served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of QVC, Inc., a large digital consumer products company, from November 2005 to March 2018, and in various executive roles at Dell, Inc., including Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Consumer Business, from March 2001 to November 2005. George sits on the Board of Directors for Qurate Retail, Inc., Ralph Lauren, National Retail Federation, and the National Constitution Center. George is also Chair of the Corporate Advisory Council for the National Constitution Center. George joined the Board of Directors for Brinker International, Inc. in March 2013 and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.

William T. Giles
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance, Information Technology and ALLDATA for AutoZone

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance, Information Technology and ALLDATA for AutoZone

William T. Giles

William Giles currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance, Information Technology and ALLDATA for AutoZone. Before his time with AutoZone, Mr. Giles spent 15 years with Linens n Things, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Giles is a member of the American Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs. Mr. Giles serves on the Youth Villages Board of Directors, United Way Finance Committee, Lausanne Collegiate School Board of Directors, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Board of Directors, and the Brinker International board. Mr. Giles joined the Board of Directors in March 2013 and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and also a member of the Compensation Committee of the Company.

James C. Katzman
Former Goldman Sachs Partner

Former Goldman Sachs Partner

James C. Katzman

James C. Katzman is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs. He served as the Head of M&A for the West Region, based in San Francisco, and prior to that was based in New York. Mr. Katzman also serves as a trustee for the Milton Hershey School and Hershey Trust Company, San Francisco Ballet, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. In addition, he is on the Advisory Board for the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School, where he guest lectures on financial topics.

Mr. Katzman received an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was a Merit Fellow, and an AB from Dartmouth College.

George R. MrKonic
Non-Executive Chairman of MARU Group

Non-Executive Chairman of MARU Group

George R. Mrkonic

George R. Mrkonic is the Non-Executive Chairman of MARU Group, a cloud-based customer insight market research firm based in Longon and Toronto, since January 2016. Previously he served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Paperchase Products Limited, London, UK, a stationary and gift wrap retailer, from 2005 to 2017, and President of Borders Group, Inc. from December 1994 until January 1997, and Vice Chairman from December 1994 until January 2002. Mrkonic currently serves as a Director for AutoZone, Inc. and Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. He joined the Board of Directors for Brinker International, Inc. in September 2003, and serves as the Board Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and is on the Governance and Nominating Committees.

Prashant N. Ranade
Former Executive Co-Chairman of the Board for Syntel Inc.

Former Executive Co-Chairman of the Board for Syntel Inc.

Prashant N. Ranade

Prashant N. Ranade most recently served as executive co-chairman of the board for Syntel, Inc., which was acquired by Atos S.E. in 2018. Ranade spent the last eight years of his career at Syntel with increasing responsibility from president and CEO to executive co-chairman of the board. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Siemens Logistics and Assembly, which is where he started his career and gained experience in all functions including R&D, marketing, finance and operations. Ranade studied engineering and earned his BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and his MS degree from the University of Cincinnati. During his time at Siemens, Ranade obtained his MBA from Xavier University. Ranade joined the Board of Directors for Brinker International, Inc. in May 2019.

Wyman T. Roberts
Chief Executive Officer and President of Brinker International, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President of Brinker International, Inc.

Wyman T. Roberts

Wyman T. Roberts serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Brinker International, Inc. and President of Chili’s Grill & Bar. Mr. Roberts joined Brinker in August 2005 as Senior Vice President and President of Maggiano’s Little Italy, adding Chief Marketing Officer to his responsibilities in March 2009. He was appointed as President of Chili’s Grill & Bar in November 2009 and added his current responsibilities in January 2013. Prior to joining Brinker International, Inc., Mr. Roberts served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for NBC’s Universal Parks & Resorts. He is also a 17-year veteran of Darden Restaurants, Inc., where he held numerous senior level positions, most recently Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Red Lobster brand.