LEADERSHIP & BOARD
Chief Executive Officer and President, Brinker International Inc.
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.
Executive Vice President and President, Maggiano’s Little Italy
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.
Senior Vice President of Innovation, Brinker International, Inc.
Wade Allen is senior vice president of innovation at Brinker International, Inc. where he oversees culinary innovation, engineering, strategic growth and the development and execution of virtual brands. His team develops creative ways for Brinker and 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.
During his tenure, Wade has held several leadership roles in technology, analytics and digital marketing, most recently as chief digital officer. He began his Brinker career in 2014 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, 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 enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, 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.
Executive Vice President and Chief People and Administrative Officer
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.
Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Chili’s Grill & Bar
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Brinker International, Inc.
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.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Pankaj Patra serves as senior vice president and chief information officer at Brinker International, Inc., where he oversees information technology and data security for Brinker and its restaurants brands.
Pankaj is a longtime BrinkerHead and has served in multiple information technology leadership roles to help transform Brinker into a leader in restaurant technology. While his proudest moment is taking on his current role leading technology, he will always remember starting his IT days in a small closet developing software.
Pankaj officially joined the Brinker family in 2012, but has a much longer history of about two decades working with the company through his previous roles at On the Border and Cognizant Technology Solutions.
Pankaj and his wife have one son and the rest of his family resides in India, so he leverages technology to call them on the way to work every day. In his spare time, you can find him watching any sport – he loves them all!
Pankaj earned his undergraduate degree from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and went on to attain his MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the Dallas chapter of the International Food and Beverage Technology Association.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brinker International, Inc.
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.
Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Chili's Grill & Bar
Aaron White is senior vice president and co-chief operating officer at Brinker International, Inc. where she oversees operations for more than 530 Chili’s® Grill & Bar restaurants. She leads the Midwest and East Coast regions to ensure best-in-class operations and deliver excellent Guest and Team Member experiences.
Aaron started as a ChiliHead in 2001 as a restaurant manager and was later promoted to general manager, where she was recognized as Brinker’s first female general manager of the year in 2008. She has held various leadership roles in operations, PeopleWorks (human resources) and franchise business - including leading integration of 116 Midwest franchise restaurants into the company-owned system - before being promoted to her current position in 2020.
An advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, Aaron also believes in representation in leadership and is an active member of Women’s Foodservice and Brinker’s Women Take the Lead program. She is also an active member of Women’s Foodservice Forum and Brinker’s Women Take the Lead program. Aaron enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband, Olen, whom she met at Chili’s, and rescue hound dog, Dega. They love scuba diving, hiking and camping. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and is MBTI- and SHRM-certified.
Her favorite Chili’s dish? Ancho Chile Salmon.
President and CEO of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
Frances Allen joined Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. as President and CEO in February of 2020. Ms. Allen comes to Checkers & Rally’s with a proven track record of success in the restaurant industry and deep expertise across brand strategy, menu and marketing, franchising, restaurant technology, and restaurant operations, among other disciplines.
Most recently, Ms. Allen served as Chief Executive Officer of Boston Market, where she implemented a multi-faceted transformation plan setting up the brand for future growth. Prior to Boston Market, Ms. Allen served as President of Jack-in-the-Box from 2014 to 2018, where she held full strategic and operational responsibility for the 2,200-unit, $3 billion hamburger quick service restaurant chain, generating superior results and upgrading the quality of the menu.
Allen’s prior leadership experience includes successful tenures as Chief Brand Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Denny’s Corporation, where she helped lead a successful turnaround and repositioned the brand as “America’s Diner,” and as Chief Marketing Officer of Dunkin’ Donuts USA, where she played a key role in elevating the brand from a regional to a national player. She has also held leadership roles at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, PepsiCo, and Frito-Lay.
In addition to her role as the President and CEO of Checkers & Rally’s, Allen serves on the advisory board of No Kid Hungry.
Ms. Allen joined the Board of Directors in July 2020 and serves on the Audit and Governance and Nominating Committees of the Company.
Former Nike Executive
Cindy L. Davis
Ms. Davis is a former Nike executive where she served as Vice President of Nike, Inc., a global provider of athletic footwear and apparel, and President of Nike Golf from September 2008 to October 2014, after having served in various other positions with Nike since January 2005. Prior to that, Ms. Davis was Senior Vice President at Golf Channel, a division of Comcast Corporation, from January 2001 to December 2004, and was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Arnold Palmer Golf Management, LLC from March 1998 to December 2000. Ms. Davis serves on the Board of Directors for Deckers Outdoor Corporation and Kennametal, Inc., and previously served on the Board of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Ms. Davis joined the Board of Directors in January 2019 and serves on the Compensation and Governance and Nominating Committees of the Company.
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.
Special Advisor to the Chairman of Emigrant Bank
Ms. Edelman is Special Advisor to the Chairman of Emigrant Bank, a private financial institution, having served in this role since September 2019, after formerly serving as Vice Chairman since November 2010. Previously, Ms. Edelman served as Advisor to the Chairman of Emigrant Bank from June 2008 through October 2010. Prior to Emigrant Bank, Ms. Edelman served as a member of the Executive Committee of Avon Products, Inc., as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Avon Products, Inc. from January 2000 through March 2008, as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain from May 1996 to January 2000, and in executive roles in Sales and Marketing. Ms. Edelman serves as a management participant of the Board of Emigrant Bank, and also sits on the Board of Directors for Assurant, Inc. and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Ms. Edelman served on the Board of UCB Pharma from 2012 until 2017. She also serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University. Ms. Edelman has served on the Board of Directors since March 2008 and is the Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee and serves on the Compensation Committee of the Company.
Former Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance and Information Technology for AutoZone
William T. Giles
Mr. Giles served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance and Information Technology, for AutoZone, a retailer of automotive parts, from October 2012 until his retirement in December 2020. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance, Information Technology and Store Development, from January 2007 to October 2012, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from June 2006 to December 2006, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in May 2006. Mr. Giles was previously employed with Linens Holding Co. (formerly Linens N Things) for 15 years, where he served as Chief Financial Officer from October 1997 to April 2006, Executive Vice President from May 2003 to April 2006, and as its Principal Accounting Officer until April 2006. Mr. Giles is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs. Mr. Giles currently sits on the Board of Directors for Youth Villages and The AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Mr. Giles has served on the Board of Directors since March 2013 and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and also serves on the Compensation Committee of the Company.
Former Goldman Sachs Partner
James C. Katzman
Mr. Katzman is a retired Partner of Goldman Sachs, a multinational investment bank, having served in that role from December 2004 to March 2015. Prior to being appointed Partner, Mr. Katzman served as a Managing Director from December 2000 to November 2004. Mr. Katzman currently sits on the boards of The Hershey Company, the Hershey Trust Company, Milton Hershey School, San Francisco Ballet, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School and the President’s Leadership Council of Dartmouth College. Mr. Katzman joined the Board of Directors in January 2018 and is the Vice-Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and also serves on the Audit Committee of the Company.
Former Restaurant Brands International Executive
Alex Macedo is a former Restaurant Brands International executive, where he served as global President of Tim Hortons, the iconic and largest Canadian restaurant company, from December 2017 to December 2019. Previously, he was the President for Burger King North America from April 2013 until December 2017, where he led the turnaround of the Burger King business in the United States. Mr. Macedo joined Burger King Corporation in July 2011 as SVP for Marketing and later was General Manager of the U.S. franchise business.
Prior to joining Burger King, Mr. Macedo was founder and partner of True Marketing, a Latin American sales & marketing consulting company from December 2008 to June 2011. He also worked at AmBev, owned by AB Inbev, from June 2003 through March 2007, where he served as head of the Brahma Beer business unit.
Mr. Macedo served on the board of Carrols Restaurant Group (TAST), Burger King’s largest franchisee, from 2013 to 2017. He was also the Co-Chair of the Burger King McLamore Foundation between 2014 and 2017.
Mr. Macedo joined the Board of Directors in July 2020 and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Company.
Non-Executive Chairman of MARU Group
George R. Mrkonic
Mr. Mrkonic is the Non-Executive Chairman of MARU Group, a cloud-based customer insight market research firm based in London 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 as President of Borders Group, Inc. from December 1994 until January 1997, and Vice Chairman of Borders Group, Inc. from December 1994 until January 2002. Mr. Mrkonic currently serves on the Board of Directors for AutoZone, Inc. and Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. Mr. Mrkonic has served on the Board of Directors since September 2003 and is Vice-Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and also serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Company.
Former Executive Co-Chairman of the Board for Syntel Inc.
Prashant N. Ranade
Mr. Ranade is a mentor for leaders at Atos Syntel, having served in this role since October 2018. Mr. Ranade was formerly the Co-Chairman of the board for Syntel, Inc. (now Atos Syntel) from November 2016 to October 2018, after serving as Executive Vice Chairman from April 2014, and as CEO and President from February 2010 to April 2014. Prior to working with Syntel, Mr. Ranade held several senior leadership roles with Siemens Logistics and Assembly Systems, Inc., Siemens Medical Solutions, Rockwell Automation and Dematic Corp. Mr. Ranade is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and served as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University. Mr. Ranade joined the Board of Directors in April 2019 and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Company.
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.