Brinker International Announces Upcoming CEO Transition
Chili's President Wyman Roberts named CEO and President of Brinker
DALLAS, Nov. 8, 2012
DALLAS, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Board of Directors for Brinker
International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), announced today Wyman Roberts will become CEO
and President of Brinker International, effective January 1, 2013. Doug
Brooks, 60, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board through December
2013 to ensure a successful transition of leadership. In addition to his new
responsibilities, Roberts will also retain his current role as President of
Chili's^® Grill & Bar.
"The Board of Directors has worked closely with Doug for an extended period of
time on this transition and unanimously supported Wyman's selection as his
successor," said Joe DePinto, lead director. "Brinker has been extremely
fortunate to have been led by Doug, who skillfully guided the company through
challenging times, augmenting what was already a strong culture and turning it
into a competitive advantage. Doug leaves his current role as CEO and
President with the company on solid footing in an upward trajectory. And in
the style of his mentor and company namesake Norman Brinker, Doug surrounded
himself with the best and brightest—Wyman Roberts epitomizes that. We have
tremendous confidence in Wyman and the leadership team's ability to continue
executing our strategic vision and positioning Brinker for continued
"I have had the privilege of working closely with Wyman since he joined
Brinker seven years ago and have been impressed with his wisdom, insight and
tenacity," said Brooks. "I could not be more confident that with his business
acumen, vision and wealth of experience, he is the leader to guide Brinker
forward in the coming years and continue the momentum currently being enjoyed
by both Chili's and Maggiano's.The company is in great hands."
Brinker International is the parent company of restaurant brands Chili's Grill
& Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy^®. During Brinker's most recent fiscal year,
the company reported sales for the system up 2.6%. Brinker brands are enjoying
consecutive positive same restaurant sales runs—with Chili's at six
consecutive quarters of positive same restaurant sales and both Maggiano's and
the International business at 11. Additionally at the end of fiscal 2012,
Brinker's stock was at an all-time high, up 900% from its low in December
During Brooks' 35-year tenure with the company, Brinker has grown from three
restaurants in a single state to one of the most successful restaurant
companies in the world, with 1,585 restaurants serving more than 1 million
guests daily and generating $2.8 billion in annual revenue.
Brooks' service in the role as Chairman of the Board is anticipated to
conclude on December 31, 2013. He will continue to serve on the board of
directors for Southwest Airlines, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Limbs for Life
Foundation and Kenny Can Foundation; and on the professional advisory board of
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Roberts was named President of Chili's Grill & Bar in 2009, and has since been
responsible for a dramatic re-energizing of almost every aspect of one of
America's iconic restaurant brands. As President, he currently oversees all
aspects of global and domestic restaurant operations, marketing, franchising,
culinary and beverage, and PeopleWorks for the Chili's brand.
Prior to his current role, Roberts served as Brinker's Chief Marketing Officer
since 2009 and President of the Maggiano's Little Italy brand from 2005 to
2009. While leading Maggiano's, Wyman established structured guiding
principles and a brand identity, creating a strong foundation for the positive
momentum Maggiano's is enjoying currently as the brand prepares to return to
Before joining Brinker, 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 including Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Red Lobster
Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), is one of the world's leading casual
dining restaurant companies, serving more than one million guests daily.
Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, Brinker owns or franchises 1,585
restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,540 restaurants) and
Maggiano's Little Italy^® (45 restaurants). Brinker also holds a minority
investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill^®. For more information, visit
SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.
Contact: Media Relations, Brinker International, +1-800-775-7290
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