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.
Kelli Valade currently serves as Executive Vice President and President of Chili’s® Grill & Bar. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of domestic restaurant operations, marketing, franchising and PeopleWorks for the brand.
Kelli has been with Brinker International since 1996, holding various positions including Director of Human Resources for On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina®, Vice President of Corporate Human Resources and Senior Vice President of PeopleWorks for Chili’s and On The Border and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Chili’s. In 2016, Kelli’s passion for operational excellence and deep understanding of the business led to her promotion to President of Chili’s.
Prior to joining Brinker, Kelli worked for the Specialty Concepts Division of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide and as a Training and Recruiting Consultant for Dallas-based American Service Management Resources.
Active in several industry organizations, Kelli holds a seat on the founders board of the Multi-Cultural Food Service Hospitality Alliance, sits on the Advisory Board for People Report and Black Box Intelligence and is a member of Women’s Foodservice Forum. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association.
Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Binghamton University in upstate New York and an MBA from Syracuse University. She, along with her husband Don, and two children, Morgan and Christian, live in Allen, Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking Italian food, watching her children play basketball and traveling.
Awards and Honors
“Women Worth Watching in 2010” from Profiles in Diversity Journal
“2012 Women in Business Award” from Dallas Business Journal
Steve Provost is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for Chili’s® Grill & Bar. In this role, he oversees the brand’s consumer insights, culinary innovation and marketing teams.
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, a role he held for eight years. During his tenure as President, Maggiano’s drove 23 consecutive quarters of sales growth, opened new, more efficient restaurants, more than doubled profitability and increased financial returns to the highest level in the brand’s history. Steve’s passion for the restaurant business and growing his teams, extensive industry knowledge and creativity led to his current role as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer of Chili’s in 2017.
Prior to joining Brinker, Steve served as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Quizno’s Master, LLC. Steve spent most of his career working for Yum! Brands, Inc., serving in various roles such as Senior Vice President of Franchising and Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Fried Chicken brand and Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for Long John Silver’s and A&W brands. Steve’s love of the restaurant industry started at a young age with his first job as a dish washer at Brown Derby Restaurant in Vermont.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He currently serves on the board of Make-A-Wish® North Texas and sits as president of Highland Park High School’s field hockey booster club.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa, his three daughters, Emily, Elizabeth and Christina and his two grandchildren.
Wade Allen is Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for Brinker International, Inc. In this newly established role, he leads the evolution of Brinker’s information technology organization and the creation of a seamless and efficient end-to-end digital experience from Team Member to Guest for both Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy®.
During his tenure, Wade served as Vice President of Digital Guest Experience and Analytics for Chili’s leading the brand to be recognized as the technology leader in the casual dining restaurant industry. He also led the implementation and continued advancement of Ziosk® tabletop devices, which rest in the hands of each Guest at nearly every Chili’s restaurant across the country.
Prior to joining Brinker in 2014, Wade served as President of CouponFactory, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rockfish Interactive, where he was responsible for the company’s overall strategy and retail digital shopper marketing initiatives as well as new business growth and product ideation. He held positions as Vice President of Retail for Rockfish Interactive and as Account Director/Solution Lead at the integrated marketing agency, RAPP, where he worked on a number of Brinker brands.
Wade’s perspective on technology and trends has been quoted in a number of credible outlets including Bloomberg, DigiDay and Forbes. He has also been published several times by Shopper Technology Institute, including the book, “The Essentials of Shopper Technology.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Brigham Young University and a master’s in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.
Wade and his wife, Erin, have four children, Andrew, Noah, Luke and Addison. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about emerging technology, retail, politics and history and participating in CrossFit, water sports and skiing.
Rick Badgley is Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Brinker International, Inc. In this role, he oversees the Team Member experience for Brinker and its brands, Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy®. He leads Team Member relations, executive and organizational development, succession planning, diversity, compensation and benefits.
Prior to joining Brinker in 2016, 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. Previously 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.
Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management and a master’s in hospitality administration from Johnson and Wales University.
In his spare time, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and two boys, Jackson and Cameron.
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.
Joe Taylor is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Brinker International, Inc. In this role, he oversees corporate finance, planning and analysis, investor relations, treasury, accounting, tax and internal audit for Brinker and its brands.
With 18 years of experience at Brinker, Joe has held multiple leadership roles in finance, corporate communications and public policy. He joined the Brinker family in 1999 as vice president of finance, then led corporate affairs, investor relations and treasury and most recently served as interim chief financial officer.
Prior to Brinker, Joe spent nearly 18 years in the banking industry in several client-related and corporate finance positions having served as vice president for Banc America Securitas and Bank of America, Inc.
Outside of Brinker, Joe is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association, a Trustee of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Chain Restaurants where he previously served as Chairman of the Board. Joe is a 1981 graduate of Duke University, enjoys spending time with his family and escaping to the golf course.
Joe DePinto is the President and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc. and leads the premier company in convenience retailing. Globally, there are more than 65,800 7-Eleven stores of which some 11,900 stores are in North America.
Before being appointed Chief Executive of 7-Eleven, Inc. in 2005, Joe was President of GameStop Corporation. He has also held executive positions at PepsiCo, Inc. and Thornton Oil Corporation.
Currently, Joe is a Board Director of 7-Eleven, Inc., Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3382), and is the Chairman of the Board of Brinker International (NYSE: EAT).
In December, 2017, Joe was appointed a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. He also serves on the Board of the Business Executives for National Security, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, the Southwestern Medical Foundation and the Dallas Citizens Council. Additionally, Joe is a Council member of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Military Service Initiative, the Kellogg School of Management Global Advisory Board, and the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Joe 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.
Elaine L. Boltz is the Senior Vice President, E-Commerce, for The TJX Companies, Inc. since March 2011. Before joining TJX, Ms. Boltz was Senior Vice President of Strategy, Ecommerce and Marketing for Chico's FAS, Inc., and a member of the company's Executive Committee, from January 2008 to December 2009. Prior to this role, she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Ann Inc. From 1996 to 2004, she was with the Boston Consulting Group, where she was a Principal within the retail consulting practice. She currently serves as a Board Member for Shop.org, and on the Board and Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange. Ms. Boltz has served on the Board of Directors since February 2015 and is a member of the audit and Governance and Nominating Committee of the Company.
Harriet Edelman is Vice-Chairman of the Emigrant Bank since November 2010 and serves as a management member of the Board of Emigrant Bank. Previously, Ms. Edelman served as Advisor to the Chairman of Emigrant Bank from June 2008 through October 2010, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Avon Products, Inc. from January 2000 through March 2008, and as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain from May 1996 to January 2000, and was a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Ms. Edelman also serves on the Board of Directors of UCB Pharma, a Brussels-based biopharmaceutical company. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University and is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the New York Blood Center. Ms. Edelman has served on the Board of Directors since March 2008 and is the Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Company.
Michael A. George is President and Chief Executive Officer of QVC, Inc., the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, which offers a curated collection of desirable brands to millions of customers around the globe every day. Prior to his time at QVC, Mr. George served as Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Dell, Inc. and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co., Inc. George serves on the board of directors for Liberty Interactive Corporation, the Kimmel Center, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Business Council. He is also chair of the Corporate Council for the National Constitution Center. Mr. George joined the Board of Directors in March 2013 and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Company.
William Giles currently serves 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 and also a member of the Compensation Committee of the Company.
James C. Katzman is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs. He served as 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.
Gerardo (Gerry) I. Lopez currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Extended Stay America, Inc. since August 2015. Prior to joining Extended Stay America, Inc., Mr. Lopez served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of AMC Entertainment, Inc. from March 2009 to August 2015, and held a variety of esteemed positions, including President of Global Consumer Products at Starbucks Coffee Company, President at Handleman Company, and President of the International Division of International Home Foods. He has also held a variety of executive management positions with Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola and the Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Lopez sits on the board of National Cinemedia, LLC., Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, Open Road Films and Recreational Equipment, Inc. Mr. Lopez joined the Board of Directors in February 2013 and is a member of the Audit and Governance and Nominating Committees of the Company.
George R. Mrkonic is the Non-Executive Chairman (Director since 1999; Chairman since 2005) of Paperchase Products Limited, London, UK, a retailer of cards, stationary, wrap and gifts in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Previously he was President of Borders Group, Inc. from December 1994 until January 1997 and Vice Chairman from December 1994 until January 2002. Mr. Mrkonic currently serves as a Director for AutoZone, Inc., and Ulta Beauty, and also previously served on the Boards of Borders Group, Inc., Nashua Corporation, Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc., and Syntel, Inc. Mr. Mrkonic has served on the Brinker Board of Directors since September 2003. He is the Board Vice Chairman as well as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and also serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Company.
Jose Luis Prado is President of Evans Foods, the global leader of Pork Rind Snacks. Previously, Mr. Prado served as President of Quaker Oats North America from January 2011 to September 2014, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Gamesa-Quaker, PepsiCo International, Monterrey, Mexico, from August 2002 to December 2010. Mr. Prado currently serves as a Director for Northern Trust Corporation and as a Trustee of the Chicago Counsel on Global Affairs, One Goal Chicago, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Mr. Prado has served on the Board of Directors since July 2015 and serves on the Compensation Committee of the Company.
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.