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 Maggiano’s President

Executive Vice President and Maggiano’s President

Steve Provost

Steve Provost is executive vice president and president of Maggiano’s Little Italy® at Brinker International, Inc., where he oversees supply chain management, engineering, strategic growth and culinary innovation. With immense passion for the brand, Steve leads strategy and direction for Maggiano’s and oversees growth and development, operations, marketing, culinary and PeopleWorks.

Steve became a BrinkerHead in 2009 as senior vice president of marketing and brand strategy for Maggiano’s, 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. In 2018, Steve’s deep knowledge of the restaurant business and innovative approach steered him to a new role of chief concept officer where he led supply chain management, strategic growth, culinary innovation and helped develop, test and launch Brinker’s first virtual brand, It’s Just Wings. In 2020, with renewed experience in innovation and brand strategy, he resumed his role as Maggiano’s President to leverage his expertise and grow the brand.

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 of Innovation, Brinker International, Inc.

Senior Vice President of Innovation, Brinker International, Inc.

Wade Allen

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.

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.

Doug Comings
Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Chili’s Grill & Bar

Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Chili’s Grill & Bar

Doug Comings

Doug began his career with Brinker International, Inc. in 1994 as a Chili’s server in Charlotte, NC. Shortly after, he transferred to Atlanta to further develop his career and quickly rose through the restaurant ranks becoming a Managing Partner. In 2001, Doug was promoted to Area Director where he oversaw Chili’s restaurants in the Atlanta area and southeast region. In 2010, he became Regional Director of the Texas and Oklahoma markets. A few years later, Doug was named Vice President of Domestic Franchise, where he focused on strengthening the relationships with the franchise partners and growing the Chili’s franchise business. In 2015, Doug’s responsibilities grew to a dual role as Vice President of Domestic Franchise and Regional Vice President of company operations. In this position, he oversaw operations for more than 500 company-owned and franchised restaurants. In 2016, Doug’s hands-on operations experience and extensive knowledge of the business led to his most recent role as Co-Chief Operating Officer for Chili’s.

Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Denison University. While in his role as Managing Partner, he earned an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University. He plays a key role in Chili’s community outreach, currently leading the brand’s longstanding partnership campaign with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Doug lives in Frisco, Texas, with his wife Stephanie and two daughters, Alyssa and Jessica. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, exercising and watching his daughters participate in cheerleading and tennis.

Dan Fuller
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Charlie Lousignont
Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Brinker International, Inc.

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

Charlie Lousignont

Charlie Lousignont is senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Brinker International, Inc., one of the world’s leading casual dining companies and home of Chili’s® Grill & Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy® and two virtual brands: It’s Just Wings® and Maggiano’s Italian Classics™.

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 serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association’s Supply Chain Expert Exchange and is a member of the Advisory Council on Supply Chain Optimization at the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA). 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, their three adult children and two spoiled dogs.

His favorite Chili’s dish? Old Timer with Cheese and the Molten Chocolate Cake.

His favorite Maggiano’s dish? Mom’s Lasagna and New York Style Cheesecake.

Pankaj Patra
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Pankaj Patra

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.

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.

Aaron White
Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Chili's Grill & Bar

Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, Chili's Grill & Bar

Aaron White

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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Frances Allen
President and CEO of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

President and CEO of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

Frances Allen

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.

Cindy L. Davis
Former Nike Executive

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 has served on the Board of Directors since January 2019 and is the Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee and serves on the Compensation Committee of the Company.

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 71,100 7-Eleven stores of which some 11,900 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.

Currently, DePinto is a Board Director of 7-Eleven, Inc., Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. and is Chairman of the Board of Brinker International.

In December 2017, he was appointed a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. He also serves on the Board of the National Association of Convenience Stores, Business Executives for National Security, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, the UT Southwestern Medical Foundation and the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation. Additionally, he is a council member of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Military Service Initiative, 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
Vice Chairman of Emigrant Bank

Vice Chairman of Emigrant Bank

Harriet Edelman

Ms. Edelman is Vice-Chairman of Emigrant Bank, a private financial institution, having served in this role 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 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 Compensation Committee and serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Company.

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

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

William T. Giles

William Giles formerly served 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, has been designated as an Audit Committee Financial Expert and is also a member of the Compensation Committee of the Company.

Ramona T. Hood
President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Custom Critical

President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Custom Critical

Ramona T. Hood

Ms. Hood is President and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical®. A leading North American Transportation provider that offers a range of transportation capabilities.

Previously, Ms. Hood served as Vice President, Operations, Strategy & Planning for FedEx Custom Critical from June 2018 to December 2019. She joined FedEx in 1991 and has led teams in numerous FedEx operating companies including FedEx Custom Critical, FedEx Supply Chain and FedEx Truckload Brokerage. Ms. Hood serves on the board of directors for Summa Health Systems and formerly served on the board for Welty Building Company.

Ms. Hood is a visionary leader, CEO and Fortune 50 transportation industry expert with over 15 years of experience as a strategic leader across a broad set of corporate functions including sales, marketing, compliance, and operations. A leader in the transportation industry, Ramona has received numerous recognition and awards including the Power Players: 17 Powerful Women leading top logistics company through the shift to ecommerce (2021), DiversityWoman Elite 100 (2021), Women MEECO Leadership Institute’s International Thought Leader of Distinction Award (2019), Crain’s Cleveland’s Women of Note Award (2016), Smart Women’s Progress Woman Award Honoree (2016) and Women in Trucking Association’s Woman of Influence (2016). Lastly, Ramona earned FedEx’s Five Star Award (2010 & 2016), the highest recognition FedEx employees can receive. She is a prolific public speaker and presenter on the transportation industry and leadership.

James C. Katzman
Senior Vice President, Business Development, General Electric

Senior Vice President, Business Development, General Electric

James C. Katzman

James C. Katzman is Senior Vice President, Business Development for General Electric. He previously served as a partner of Goldman Sachs and was 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. Mr. Katzman joined the Board of Directors in January 2018 and is the Vice-Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, serves on the Audit Committee of the Company and has been designated as an Audit Committee Financial Expert.

Prashant N. Ranade
Former Mentor for Leaders at Atos Syntel

Former Mentor for Leaders at Atos Syntel

Prashant N. Ranade

Mr. Ranade served as a mentor for leaders at Atos Syntel (formerly Syntel, Inc.) from October 2018 to May 2020. Mr. Ranade was formerly the Co-Chairman of the board for Syntel, Inc. 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 has served on the Board of Directors since April 2019 and serves on the Compensation and Governance and Nominating Committees of the Company.

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.