DALLAS, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International, Inc.
(NYSE: EAT) announced the resignation of Ron Kirk from its Board of Directors
following Senate confirmation of his appointment as U.S. Trade Representative.
Kirk, the former Mayor of Dallas, served on the Brinker board from
1997-2009, and was a member of the company's Executive Committee, as well as
the Chairman of its Governance and Nominating Committee.
"For more than a decade, Ron Kirk has been an insightful and influential
member of our Board of Directors. His experience as the chief executive of
the city of Dallas has been invaluable to us as we continue to build a broad
and diverse workforce and accelerate the growth of our restaurant brands
around the globe," said Doug Brooks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
Brinker International. "We are grateful to Ron for his many years of service
to our company and congratulate him on his new role in President Obama's
Robert Gates, who has served as the U.S. Secretary of Defense since
November 2006, also served on the Brinker board from 2003-2006.
Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), is one of the world's leading
casual dining restaurant companies, serving more than 1 million guests daily.
Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, Brinker owns or franchises more
than 1,700 restaurants in 27 countries and employs more than 100,000. Brinker
restaurant brands include Chili's(R) Grill & Bar, On The Border Mexican Grill
& Cantina(R) and Maggiano's Little Italy(R). Brinker also holds a minority
investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill(R). The company was named one of
FORTUNE Magazine's Most Admired Food Service Companies in 2009 and was honored
by the magazine as one of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and the Top 50
Employers for Women. For more information, visit www.brinker.com.
SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.
Media Relations of Brinker International, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.brinker.com