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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

55 2015 Independent Chairman of the Board

Norman Abdallah

54 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Neil Thomson

2017 Chief Financial Officer

Brandon Coleman

34 2017 Brand President - Del Frisco's Grille

Ray Risley

51 2017 President - Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

Scott Smith

61 2017 President - Sullivan’s

Thomas Dritsas

46 2006 Vice President - Culinary & Corporate Executive Chef

William Martens

44 2016 Vice President - Development & Construction and Chief Development Officer

April Scopa

49 2016 Vice President - People and Education and Chief People Officer

Mark Mednansky

59 2016 Director

David Barr

53 2012 Independent Director

Pauline Brown

50 2017 Independent Director

Richard Davis

64 2012 Independent Director

William Lamar

64 2013 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 a member of and Chairman of the Board of Directors on April 1, 2015. 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 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 serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company. Mr. Abdallah has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since November 2016 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since July 2012. Mr. Abdallah served as a member of our Advisory Board from March 2011 to July 2012. From September 2014 to November 2016, Mr. Abdallah served as Operating Partner for CIC Partners, a private equity firm, in the role of Chief Executive Officer of TM Restaurant Holdings LLC and Executive Chairman of Willies Grill & Icehouse Holdings LLC. From December 2013 through September 2014, Mr. Abdallah served as Chief Executive Officer of Counter Concepts, LLC, a restaurant investment holding company. From May 2013 through December 2013, Mr. Abdallah served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a restaurant chain. Mr. Abdallah formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer of Romano’s Macaroni Grill, from 2010 through April 2013. Mr. Abdallah has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. since 2011 and Chairman of the Board of Triple Tap Ventures since 2008. 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.

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.

Ray Risley

Mr. Ray D. Risley serves as President - Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House of the Company. From December 2015 to December 2016, Mr. Risley was Senior Vice President of Operations for the Grille. From October 2013 to December 2015, Mr. Risley was Vice President of Operations for Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Prior to becoming Vice President of Operations for Sullivan’s, Mr. Risley served as a Regional Manager for restaurants under all three of our brands, as well as overseeing the openings of a number of new restaurants. Prior to becoming a Regional Manager, Mr. Risley served as a Regional General Manager of Del Frisco's and Sullivan's from 2005 to the end of 2007, during which time he also assumed the role of General Manager of the Del Frisco's restaurant in New York. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Risley served as Regional Manager for all 15 Sullivan's Steakhouse restaurants. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Risley was District General Manager for four Sullivan's Steakhouse restaurants. Mr. Risley joined Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group in 1998 as the General Manager of the Sullivan's Steakhouse restaurant in Dallas. Previously, Mr. Risley held various management positions with the Morton's chain of steakhouse restaurants, including General Manager of the Beverly Hills location and with the original Spago restaurant as the General Manager.

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.

Thomas Dritsas

Mr. Thomas G. Dritsas serves as Vice President of 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.

William Martens

Mr. William S. Martens Vice President - Development & Construction 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.

April Scopa

Ms. April L. Scopa has served as Vice President - People and Education and Chief People Officer of the Company. She is responsible for recruiting, human resources, talent development and training strategy. Prior to joining company, Ms. Scopa worked with Landmark Leisure Group, a national leader in entertainment development since June 2010 and served as VP of People & Development, beginning in January 2011, where she led the HR, recruiting, new store opening development, employee relations, talent management and personnel development strategy. Prior to Landmark, Ms. Scopa spent eight years with The Capital Grille, an upscale steakhouse division of Darden Restaurants, as Director of Operations and Senior Director of Training, where her responsibilities most recently included quality of operations, people and P&L results for six locations. Prior to The Capital Grille, Ms. Scopa also worked for C.A. Muer Corporation and LongHorn Steakhouse, both in a training and operations capacity

Mark Mednansky

Mr. Mark S. Mednansky is a Director of the Company. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2012. From March 2007 to his retirement in November 2016, Mr. Mednansky served as our Chief Executive Officer. Prior to becoming our Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mednansky served in senior management roles with Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc. From 2005 until March 2007, Mr. Mednansky was the Chief Operating Officer of several Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon restaurant concepts, including Del Frisco’s and Sullivan’s. Mr. Mednansky also served as Vice President of Operations of the Del Frisco’s and Sullivan’s concepts from 2000 to 2005 and President of the Texas Land & Cattle concept from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Mednansky has over 38 years of restaurant industry experience and 28 years of experience as a senior operations manager. Prior to joining Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc., he was Director of Operations for Big Four Restaurants from 1997 to 1998, Director of Culinary Services for Dial Corp. from 1990 to 1997 and Area Manager for Big Four Restaurants from 1985 to 1990.

David Barr

Mr. David B. Barr is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Barr has served as a member of the Board of Directors since July 2012. Mr. Barr served as a member of the Company’s Advisory Board from 2008 to July 2012. 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 has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2017. Since 2016, Ms. Brown has been a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School. Before joining Harvard Business School, Ms. Brown served as Chairman, North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, S.E., a European multinational luxury goods conglomerate, from 2013 to 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.

Richard Davis

Mr. Richard L. Davis is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Davis has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2012. Mr. Davis served as a member of our Advisory Board from 2011 to July 2012. Mr. Davis also served as a member of the board of directors 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.

William Lamar

Mr. William Lamar, Jr. serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Lamar has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2013. 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.

Raphael Gross