Red Robin Appoints Cathy Cooney Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

Red Robin Appoints Cathy Cooney Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

PR Newswire

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., July 17, 2013

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Robin Gourmet
Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ: RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain focused on
serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a
family-friendly atmosphere, today announced the appointment of Cathy Cooney as
senior vice president and Chief People Officer. Cooney will be responsible
for leading the development and execution of human resource strategies that
will drive engagement, build strength and capabilities across functions and
create a best in class restaurant organization that will consistently advance
the company's business goals.

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Cooney brings to Red Robin nearly three decades of human resources experience,
with a career that includes HR leadership roles in a number of industries
including consumer brands, food distribution, healthcare and energy.

"Cathy is an outstanding addition to the Red Robin team as we establish a
human resources vision and strategies for building a world class team and grow
organizational capabilities that drive superior business results," said Steve
Carley, Red Robin's chief executive officer. "We are eager to tap into Cathy's
vast experience, leadership skills, her passion for team member engagement and
her many other talents that are key to fueling Red Robin's continued

"I am excited to join a widely recognized and admired casual dining brand and
be part of a great Red Robin team," said Cooney. "I'm looking forward to
working with my fellow Red Robin Team Members to develop the capabilities and
talent across the organization to support Red Robin's future growth."

Before joining Red Robin, Cooney served as executive vice president of Human
Resources for Carefusion, spearheading global HR following the $4 billion
medical technology company's spinoff from Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 20
healthcare leader where she served as senior vice president of human
resources, Clinical Technologies and Services. Prior to her 14-year career in
the healthcare industry, Cooney served in several HR roles of increasing
responsibility over an eight-year span for Pepsico, Inc., including senior
director of Human Resources for Pepsico Food Systems and benefits leader for
Frito-Lay, Inc.

Cooney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of
Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (, a casual dining restaurant
chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red
Robin International, Inc., is the gourmet burger expert, famous for serving
more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak
Fries^® in a fun environment. Red Robin's award-winning burgers have earned
the title of Best Burger in the full-service category in the Zagat Fast Food
Survey four years in a row. In addition to its many burger offerings, Red
Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts
and signature Mad Mixology^® Beverages. There currently are 478 Red Robin
locations across the United States and Canada, including 340 company-owned Red
Robin restaurants and five Red Robin's Burger Works ^ locations, and 133 Red
Robin restaurantsoperating under franchise agreements. Red Robin... YUMMM^®!
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SOURCE Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.

Contact: Jamie Winter, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., 303-846-6108,; Katelyn Kwiatkowski, Coyne PR, 973-588-2182,
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