President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairwoman
Ms. Henry is President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Chairwoman of the Board. Ms. Henry has served as our Chief Executive Officer since August 10, 2018 and was appointed to the Board of Directors as of that date. Prior to that she was President and Chief Operating Officer from July 2016 to August 2018. Ms. Henry served as Senior Vice President and Chief Branding Officer from August 2011 to July 2016 and from June 2007 to August 2011 served in various roles with the Company, including as Chief Business Development Officer. Prior to joining the Ruth’s Hospitality Group team, she was the Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Orlando. Ms. Henry has served on the Board of Trustees of the Culinary Institute of America since December 2017 and on the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership since June 2017.
Michael P. O'Donnell
Mr. O’Donnell is our former Chairman of the Board from December 2020 to May 2021 and previously served as the Executive Chairman of our Board from August 2018 to August 2020. Prior to that he served as Chairman of the Board from October 2010 to August 2018, was a director and Chief Executive Officer from August 2008 to August 2018 and was President from August 2008 to July 2016. Mr. O’Donnell has spent more than 25 years in the restaurant industry, having been most recently Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Champps Entertainment, Inc. from March 2005 until the company was sold in 2007. Prior to that, Mr. O’Donnell served in several leadership positions in the restaurant industry, including President and Chief Executive Officer of New Business and President of Roy’s for Outback Steakhouse, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of Miller’s Ale House, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ground Round Restaurants, Inc. and key operation positions with T.G.I. Friday’s and Pizza Hut. Mr. O’Donnell currently serves as a director with Hickory Tavern and as a member of the Rollins College Board of Trustees. During the previous five years, Mr. O’Donnell also served as a director of Sbarro, Inc. and Cosi, Inc. and Logan’s Roadhouse.
Robin P. Selati
Lead Independent Director
Mr. Selati has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 1999, and served as Chairman of our Board of Directors from April 2005 to September 2006 and from April 2008 to October 2010. Mr. Selati is the President of Saxonwold Capital, Inc. (a private investment vehicle) and a Senior Advisor of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“Madison Dearborn”). He joined Madison Dearborn in 1993 and was a Managing Director through 2017. Before 1993, Mr. Selati was with Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated. Mr. Selati currently serves as a director of Redberry Group and Performance Health. During the previous five years, Mr. Selati also served as a director for B.F. Bolthouse Holdco LLC, CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDW), Things Remembered, Inc., and The Yankee Candle Company, Inc.
Ms. Alvarez was the Chief Executive Officer of Beanitos, Inc., a privately held snack food company based in Austin, Texas from January 2018 until December 2019. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive Officer of Harmless Harvest, Inc., a privately held organic food and beverage company based in San Francisco, California from 2015 until January 2018. She served from July 2013 until February 2014 as Executive Vice President and General Manager responsible for the Pet Business Unit at Del Monte Corporation. From 2011 to 2013, she served as Group President and Chief Executive Officer for Barilla Americas, where she was responsible for North, Central and South America’s operations of Barilla S.p.A., a global company headquartered in Parma, Italy. From 2006 to 2010, she held senior global management positions with The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO). Prior to that, she held a number of increasingly senior positions in marketing and general management with Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) and Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG) in the United States and Latin America. Ms. Alvarez currently serves as a director of Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS).
Ms. Baglivo has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2017. Ms. Baglivo is Chief Executive Officer of The Baglivo Group, a brand strategy advisory consulting firm and formerly was Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications for Rutgers University from 2017 to 2018. She was Vice President for Global Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer for Northwestern University from 2013 until 2017. Before that she was a partner with Brand Value Advisors, a strategic brand and digital marketing advisory firm, during 2013. She previously served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer, the Americas at Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide from 2008 to 2013, and Chief Executive Officer, New York from 2004 to 2008. Prior to joining Saatchi & Saatchi, she was President of Arnold Worldwide from 2002 to 2004 and Chief Executive Officer of Panoramic Communications from 2001 until 2002. Ms. Baglivo currently serves on the boards of directors of PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH) and Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HST).
Carla R. Cooper
Ms. Cooper has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2003. Ms. Cooper was President and Chief Executive Officer of Daymon Worldwide from 2009 until 2015. Ms. Cooper served as Senior Vice President of Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade Sales for PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) from 2003 to 2009. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Cooper served as President of Kellogg Company’s (NYSE: K) Natural and Frozen Foods Division. From 2000 to 2001, Ms. Cooper was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Foodservice for Kellogg Company. From 1988 to 2000, Ms. Cooper was employed in various positions with Coca-Cola USA, including as Vice President, Customer Marketing.
Stephen M. King
Mr. King has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2018. Mr. King is Chairman of the Board of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) since June 2017 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from September 2006 until August 2018. From March 2006 until September 2006, Mr. King served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dave & Buster’s. From 1984 to 2006, he served in various capacities for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., a company that owns and operates casual dining restaurants worldwide, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President and Chief Operating Officer of International.
Marie L. Perry
Ms. Perry has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2018. Ms. Perry was Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA) from August 2016 until September 2018 and served as the Company’s Executive Vice President, Finance, from May 2016 to August 2016. From 2003 to 2016, Ms. Perry held roles leading all aspects of the finance team at Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) including having served as interim CFO during a 12-month period, and most recently, serving as Senior Vice President, Controller and Treasurer. Ms. Perry also held senior finance and accounting roles at American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) and KPMG LLP.