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Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Inc (DFRG.OQ)

DFRG.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ian Carter

57 2015 Independent Chairman of the Board

Norman Abdallah

56 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Neil Thomson

48 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Brandon Coleman

34 2017 Brand President - Del Frisco's Grille

Scott Smith

63 2017 President - Sullivan’s

William Martens

44 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Thomas Dritsas

46 2018 Senior Vice President - Culinary & Corporate Executive Chef

Mia Meachem

52 2018 Chief Marketing Officer

David Barr

54 2012 Independent Director

Pauline Brown

51 2017 Independent Director

Richard Davis

66 2012 Independent Director

William Lamar

65 2013 Independent Director

Joseph Reece

57 2019 Independent Director

Raphael Gross

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Ian Carter

Mr. Ian Russell Carter is the Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Carter has served as Executive Vice President and President, Development, Architecture and Construction for Hilton Worldwide, a global hospitality company, since October 2012, and previously oversaw Operations since August 2009 for Hilton Worldwide. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Hilton International Co. prior to its reacquisition by Hilton Worldwide in February 2006. Prior to joining Hilton International in January 2005, Mr. Carter served as President of Black & Decker Corporation, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to Black & Decker, Mr. Carter spent more than a decade with General Electric Plastics, ultimately serving as President of General Electric Specialty Chemical. Mr. Carter serves as a non-Executive Director on the Board of Burberry Group PLC, where he serves as chairman of the compensation committee, and is president of the Dame Maureen Thomas Foundation for Young People. He serves as vice chair on the board of advisors of Boston University School of Hospitality Administration and serves as a member of the board of directors for VISIT FLORIDA.

Norman Abdallah

Mr. Norman J. Abdallah is President and Chief Executive Officer since November 2016. Abdallah has also served as a member of the Board since July 2012. Mr. Abdallah also served as a member of the Company’s Advisory Board from March 2011 to July 2012. Previously, Mr. Abdallah served as an Operating Partner for CIC Partners, a private equity firm, in the role of Chief Executive Officer of TM Restaurant Holdings LLC from September 2014 to September 2016 and Executive Chairman of Willies Grill & Icehouse Holdings LLC, a restaurant company, from September 2014 to October 2016. From December 2013 through September 2014, Mr. Abdallah served as Chief Executive Officer of Counter Concepts, LLC, a private equity firm. From May 2013 through December 2013, Mr. Abdallah served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a restaurant operating company. Mr. Abdallah formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer of Romano’s Macaroni Grill, a restaurant operating company, from 2010 through April 2013. Prior to joining Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Mr. Abdallah served as Chief Executive Officer of Restaurants Unlimited Inc., a privately-held multi-concept restaurant company, from 2009 to 2010. Prior to joining Restaurants Unlimited, Mr. Abdallah served as the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Fired Up, Inc., the parent company of U.S.-based casual dining concept Carino’s Italian, from 1997 to 2008. Mr. Abdallah has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., a restaurant operating company, from 2011 to April 2013.

Neil Thomson

Mr. Neil Thomson is appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the company effective May 22, 2017. He has extensive restaurant leadership experience cultivated over the past 20 years. Most recently, he served as Chief Growth Officer of the Pizza Hut Asia Pacific region, a division of Yum! Brands, Inc., where he was responsible for finance, development, and supply chain functions for 4,500 plus restaurants and $3.5 billion in system wide sales in 2016 across 16 countries. Previous to that, he was Chief Development Officer for Pizza Hut International where he helped in developing the contemporary, fast-casual based asset model that later became one of the major growth engines for the Pizza Hut transformation strategy. Mr. Thomson also held several financial leadership roles within Yum! Restaurants International including Vice President of Finance, Chief Finance Officer for Indian Subcontinent, and Director of Financial Control & Field Finance for KFC UK. Prior to joining Yum!, Mr. Thomson held the role of Finance Director at an internet start-up company where he successfully raised two rounds of capital from private investors and established the company's finance function.

Brandon Coleman

Mr. Brandon Charles Coleman has been re-designated as Brand President - Del Frisco's Grille of the Company. He has served as Chief Marketing Officer since December 2016 and is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Del Frisco’s, Sullivan’s and the Grille. Prior to joining our company, from 2013 to 2016, Mr. Coleman served as the Chief Executive Officer and lead management consultant for Brava Partners, a brand consulting firm, where he led engagements for over nineteen brands. Prior to Brava Partners, in 2013, Mr. Coleman served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Snapfinger, Inc., an online restaurant ordering and technology company, where he led sales, marketing and product development initiatives. Prior to Snapfinger, Inc., from 2010 to 2013, Mr. Coleman served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Prior to Macaroni Grill, from 2009 to 2010, Mr. Coleman served as the Vice President of Marketing for Restaurants Unlimited, Inc. Mr. Coleman’s career began with global advertising leader McCann Erickson NY.

Scott Smith

Mr. Scott C. Smith is the President - Sullivan’s of the Company. Prior to joining our company, from 2013 to 2016, Mr. Smith most recently served as the Chairman and CEO of Day Star Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Texas Land & Cattle and Lone Star Steak House restaurants. Prior to Day Star, from 2011 to 2013, Mr. Smith was Senior Vice President of Operations at Macaroni Grill. Prior to Macaroni Grill, from 2009 to 2011, Mr. Smith served as Chief Operating Officer of Restaurants Unlimited and later as the President and CEO. Prior to Restaurants Unlimited, from 2008 to 2009, Mr. Smith served as the President and CEO of AMER Restaurant Group, which operated a portfolio of restaurants in Cairo, Egypt. Prior to AMER Restaurant Group, Mr. Smith served in various leadership positions in various companies throughout the restaurant industry, including Brinker International, in addition to founding, owning and operating different restaurant concepts.

William Martens

Mr. William S. Martens Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Company. He is responsible for market planning, site selection, site acquisition and construction for our three concepts. Mr. Martens also oversees concept design, portfolio management and facilities operations. Mr. Martens has been with us since 2008, previously serving as the Director of Development where he managed all facets of new unit development and established the infrastructure to support our growth in new and existing markets. Before joining the company, Mr. Martens served as Vice President of Portfolio Management with Hudson Americas, LLC, an affiliate of Lone Star Fund, from 2007 to 2008. Prior to Hudson Americas, Mr. Martens spent nine years with Yum! Brands, where he held multiple leadership roles in Finance and Development, including the position of Senior Manager of Development. In this role, he worked with senior brand leadership teams to develop market plans, define asset strategies and make capital appropriations decisions for approximately 350 new restaurants annually.

Thomas Dritsas

Mr. Thomas G. Dritsas serves as Senior Vice President - Culinary & Corporate Executive Chef of the Company. He oversees the day to day culinary operations of Del Frisco’s, Sullivan’s and the Grille. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Dritsas served as Corporate Executive Chef for Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc., during which time he oversaw the daily culinary operations for each of its concepts. Mr. Dritsas joined Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc. in 1999 and served in various culinary capacities, including as part of new opening teams. Prior to joining Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Mr. Dritsas assisted in the opening of numerous independent restaurants and operated his own restaurant.

Mia Meachem

Ms. Mia Meachem is Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. Ms. Meachem has nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, with a track record of success in a variety of luxury environments, including restaurants, retail and fashion. Prior to joining our company, from 2015 to July 2018, Ms. Meachem served as Chief Marketing Officer for Highland Park Village, a luxury shopping center, where she developed strategies for customer growth for 65+ luxury retailers. Prior to Highland Park Village, from 2011-2015, Ms. Meachem worked for the Neiman Marcus Group, a luxury department store, as the Vice President Marketing and Vice President, Brand Marketing and Partnership where she created impactful campaigns to drive customer engagement and growth. Prior to the Neiman Marcus Group, from 2008-2010, Ms. Meachem served as Director of Global Brand Management for Burt’s Bees, a personal care company, where she was responsible for the global brand development. Prior to Burt’s Bees, Ms. Meachem worked at the Estee Lauder Companies from 2008 in various roles of increasing responsibility where she oversaw and guided the global brand development for multiple brands including the Origins brand. Ms. Meachem began her career with the luxury automotive manufacturer Land Rover where she worked from 1989 to 1998. Ms. Meachem was instrumental in helping the brand establish a presence in the US and experience significant growth.

David Barr

Mr. David B. Barr is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Barr has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of PMTD Restaurants LLC and its affiliates, a franchisee of KFC and Taco Bell, since 1998. In addition, Mr. Barr has served on the board of directors of Capriotti’s Sandwich Shops, Inc., a franchisor of sandwich shops, since 2016; BrightStar Group Holdings, Inc., a franchisor of home healthcare agencies, since 2013, TBC International LLC, a franchisor of fitness boxing clubs, since 2016, and Franworth, LLC, franchise development company, since 2016. Previously, from 2008 to 2015, Mr. Barr was Chairman of the board of directors of Rita Restaurant Corp., the owner and operator of Don Pablo’s Mexican Restaurants and Hops Grill and Brewery. Additionally, Mr. Barr has served on the board of directors of Mrs. Fields Original Cookies, Inc., from 2007 to 2015, and Charles & Colvard Ltd., from 2011 to 2015, and was Chairman of the board of directors of Samuels Jewelers, Inc. from 2000 to 2006. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Barr served as the Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of the Great American Cookie Company, a franchisor and operator of cookie stores. Mr. Barr began his career with Price Waterhouse in 1986 where he worked until 1991 when he left to join the finance department of Pizza Hut, Inc. Mr. Barr was a licensed certified public accountant in the State of Georgia and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants from 1991 to 2003. Mr. Barr currently sits on the board of directors of International Franchise Association and the advisory board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Pauline Brown

Ms. Pauline J. Brown is an Independent Director of the Company.Ms. Brown is writing a business book to be published by Harper Collins in 2019, and hosts a weekly talk show on SiriusXM, called “Tastemakers." From January 2016 to June 2017, Ms. Brown was a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School. Prior to Harvard, she served as the Chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, a European multinational luxury goods conglomerate, where she worked from January 2013 through June 2015. From 2010 to 2013, Ms. Brown served as an independent advisor to owners and investors in consumer brands. Ms. Brown also formerly served as Managing Director, Consumer and Retail, to The Carlyle Group, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Global Business Development to Avon Products, Inc., Vice President, Corporate Strategy and New Business Development to Estée Lauder Companies and was a Management Consultant with Bain & Company.Ms. Brown brings extensive knowledge of the upscale and luxury consumer to the Board of Directors from her experience with several high-end retail concepts. Ms. Brown’s strategic and business development experience across a wide range of consumer brands allows her to provide insight regarding developing and implementing strategies for growing our business, both domestically and internationally. Ms. Brown’s extensive executive experience also provide the Board with meaningful insight regarding the day-to-day challenges management faces.

Richard Davis

Mr. Richard L. Davis is an Independent Director of the Company.Mr. Davis also served as a member of the advisory board of Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, a grocery company, from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Davis’ 40 year business career has been devoted to managing and developing various businesses in retail, printing services and the restaurant and entertainment industries. Mr. Davis has been the president of Main Street Crossing, a restaurant and live entertainment venue, since 2011. In addition to Main Street Crossing, Mr. Davis was the founder and owner of JoeAuto, a chain of auto repair shops, Extreme Logic, a software training company and Night-Rider Overnight Copy Service, a printing business. Mr. Davis was the CEO of CCG Venture Partners from 1992 to 2010. Mr. Davis’ extensive experience in business development across a wide range of industries allows him to provide insight to the Board of Directors regarding developing and implementing strategies for growing our business.

William Lamar

Mr. William Lamar, Jr. serves as Independent Director of the Company. Since 2008, Mr. Lamar has served as President of WBAL, LLC, a management and marketing consulting company, following his retirement from his position as Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald’s USA in 2008. In 24 years with McDonald’s, he held various roles including Regional Vice President and General Manager. Prior to joining McDonald’s, Mr. Lamar was a Vice President of Burrell Advertising. Mr. Lamar is a member of the Board of Directors of SionicMobile and Chairman of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. Mr. Lamar brings extensive knowledge of the restaurant industry to the Board of Directors from his experience in various roles within McDonald’s USA. Mr. Lamar’s marketing and consumer analysis background also provides valuable management experience to the Board’s collective knowledge.

Joseph Reece

Mr. Joseph E. Reece is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Reece is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Helena Capital. He was Head of the Investment Bank for the Americas for UBS Group AG from 2017 to 2018. Prior to that, he spent 18 years with Credit Suisse, including most recently as Global Head of Equity Capital Markets. Mr. Reece began his career at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), where he served as Special Counsel. He subsequently practiced law with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Los Angeles in the Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Reece is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Akron.

Raphael Gross