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Habit Restaurants Inc (HABT.OQ)

HABT.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Russell Bendel

62 2015 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Ira Fils

51 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Director

Anthony Serritella

56 2010 Chief Operating Officer

Matthew Hood

47 2014 Chief Marketing Officer

Douglas Branigan

58 2017 Chief Development Officer

Peter Whitwell

57 2010 Chief Quality Officer

A. William Allen

57 2014 Independent Director

Joseph Kadow

60 2015 Independent Director

Allan Karp

60 2007 Independent Director

Christopher Reilly

54 2014 Independent Director

Ira Zecher

64 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Russell Bendel

Mr. Russell W. Bendel is the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of The Habit Restaurants, LLC in June 2008 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. in August 2014. He has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, LLC since August 2008, and has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since August 2014. Previously, Mr. Bendel was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Cheesecake Factory. Beginning in June 2001, Mr. Bendel worked at Mimi’s Café as Chief Executive Officer and President. He currently serves as Director Emeritus of the California Restaurant Association, and sits on the board of advisors for the Collins School of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University. Mr. Bendel currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Florida International University. Because of his extensive experience in leadership positions in the restaurant industry, including at the Company, we believe Mr. Bendel is qualified to serve on our Board.

Ira Fils

Mr. Ira M. Fils is the Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Director of the Company. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of The Habit Restaurants, LLC in August 2008 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. in August 2014. He has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since August 2014. Previously, Mr. Fils served as Chief Financial Officer of Mimi’s Café from 2005 to 2008, after joining the Company as Vice President of Finance in 2003. From 1998 to 2003, he served in various financial capacities with increasing responsibility which led to him becoming Chief Financial Officer at Rubio’s Restaurants, Inc. He currently sits on the board of directors of California Fish Grill. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

Anthony Serritella

Mr. Anthony Serritella is the Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Serritella joined The Habit Restaurants, LLC in 1997 as Vice President of Operations and was later appointed Chief Operating Officer July 26, 2010. Beginning in 1991, Mr. Serritella worked as the Vice President of Operations for McAthco Enterprises, one of the leading Sizzler franchises. He attended the University of California, San Diego where he studied economics and psychology.

Matthew Hood

Mr. Matthew D. Hood is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Company., since July 2014. Mr. Hood joined The Habit Restaurants, LLC in July 2014 as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining The Habit, Mr. Hood served as Chief Marketing Officer at BJ’s Restaurants Inc. from 2008 until 2014. Prior to joining BJ’s Restaurants, Mr. Hood served as the national brand consultant for Google, Inc. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Hood served in several leadership roles for Carino’s Italian Restaurants, including Senior Vice President, Marketing and Brand Development. He holds a B.S. in Journalism and Advertising from Texas Christian University, and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Douglas Branigan

Mr. Douglas R. Branigan is the Chief Development Officer of the Company. He joined The Habit Restaurants, LLC in April 2017 as Chief Development Officer. Prior to joining The Habit, Mr. Branigan served as Chief Development Officer at Black Bear Diner, Inc. from 2015 until 2017 and as Vice President of Franchise Development and Operations from 2013 until 2015. Prior to joining Black Bear Diner, Mr. Branigan served as the Chief Operating Officer for Sprinkles Cupcakes from 2012 to 2013. Mr. Branigan served as Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations at Smashburger, LLC from 2009 to 2012. He has also worked in various operating roles at Mimi’s Café, Morton’s of Chicago and Chart House Enterprises. Mr. Branigan earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Colorado State University.

Peter Whitwell

Mr. Peter Whitwell is the Chief Quality Officer of the Company. He joined The Habit Restaurants, LLC in 2005 as Vice President and was later appointed Chief Quality Officer on July 26, 2010. From 2001 to 2004 he was the Senior Vice President of Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, transitioning from the position of Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations and Quality Assurance, a position he held beginning in 1999. Mr. Whitwell attended Moorpark College, where he studied Communications and Business, and California State University, Northridge where he studied speech communications.

A. William Allen

Mr. A. William Allen, III is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since October 2014. Mr. Allen served as the CEO of OSI Restaurant partners (Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.) for five years until November 2009. He served as Chairman of the Bloomin’ Brands board of directors from November 2009 through December 2011. Since December 2011, Mr. Allen has acted as an investor, advisor and/or board member to a variety of established and early-stage growth companies, including Fleming’s, Il Fornaio/Corner Bakery, Bruxië and Hubworks. Prior to Bloomin’ Brands, Mr. Allen was Co-Founder of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Because of his extensive experience in the restaurant industry, we believe Mr. Allen is qualified to serve on our Board.

Joseph Kadow

Mr. Joseph J. Kadow is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kadow has served on our Board since September 2015. Mr. Kadow has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLMN) since 2005, and joined Bloomin’ Brands in 1994 as Vice President and General Counsel. Bloomin’ Brands is the operator of Outback Steakhouse, Carabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. Prior to that, he served as a partner in the Orlando, Florida office of the national law firm, Baker Hostetler LLP. Mr. Kadow is the immediate past Chairman of the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association. Mr. Kadow received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University. Because of his extensive restaurant industry experience, we believe Mr. Kadow is qualified to serve on our Board.

Allan Karp

Mr. Allan W. Karp is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, LLC since July 2007, and as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since August 2014. He is a founding partner of KarpReilly, LLC. Prior to KarpReilly, Mr. Karp was the Co-Chief Executive Officer at Apax Partners, L.P. Prior to Apax Partners, Mr. Karp was a Co-Founder of Saunders, Karp & Megrue, LLC. Mr. Karp currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies. Mr. Karp holds a B.S. in Chemistry from University of California-Santa Cruz, and a M.S. in Management from M.I.T. Sloan School of Business. Because of Mr. Karp’s extensive experience with portfolio companies and his private equity, financial and investment banking experience, we believe he is qualified to serve on our Board.

Christopher Reilly

Mr. Christopher K. Reilly is an Independent Director of the Company., since July 2014. He has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, LLC since July 2007, and as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since July 2014. He is a founding partner of KarpReilly, LLC. Prior to KarpReilly, Mr. Reilly was a partner at Apax Partners, L.P. Prior to Apax Partners, Mr. Reilly was a Partner at Saunders, Karp & Megrue, LLC. Mr. Reilly currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies. He is also a Vice-Chairman of the board of trustees of Providence College. Mr. Reilly holds a B.S. from Providence College and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Because of Mr. Reilly’s substantial experience with portfolio companies and his private equity, financial and investment banking experience, we believe he is qualified to serve on our Board.

Ira Zecher

Mr. Ira L. Zecher is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since August 2014. Mr. Zecher is a managing member of ILZ, LLC, and is a director, audit committee chairman and compensation committee member of the board of Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHUY). He previously served as a director, audit committee chairman and compensation committee member of the board of Norcraft Companies, Inc. from October 2013 to May 2015. Prior to joining The Habit, Mr. Zecher was with Ernst & Young LLP, a registered public accounting firm, for over 36 years until his retirement as a partner in 2010. Mr. Zecher gained extensive experience in audits and transactions at Ernst & Young LLP, where he served as a partner in the Audit and Transaction Advisory Services groups in New York and as the director of the Far East Area Private Equity practice, based in Hong Kong. Mr. Zecher is a CPA and holds a B.A. in accounting from Queens College of the City University of New York. He also completed the Executive Program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. From 2010 to 2013, he taught in the Graduate Accounting program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Because of Mr. Zecher’s broad accounting and financial experience, we believe he is qualified to serve on our Board.