Executive changes made at Brinker
March 05, 2009
by Bryan Salvage
DALLAS – Organizational changes announced by Brinker International included the appointment of a new president of the company’s On the Border chain of eateries and the naming of a new chief marketing official for the corporation.
Todd Diener will serve as president of both the Chili's Grill & Bar and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina brands. Mr. Diener has served in a number of leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including being named president of Chili's in 1998, during his 27-year tenure. In his expanded role, he will oversee operations for both Chili's and On The Border.
Wyman Roberts has been named chief marketing officer for Brinker International and will retain his role as president of Maggiano's Little Italy. Mr. Roberts will now lead marketing and culinary activities for all three Brinker brands. Prior to joining Brinker International in 2005, he served in marketing executive roles for Universal Parks & Resorts and Darden Restaurants Inc.
"These changes will help us streamline organizational efficiencies and elevate the guest experience across all brands," said Doug Brooks, president and chief executive of Brinker International. "Todd and Wyman are tremendous leaders with vast experience in the operations, marketing and culinary fields. They are uniquely qualified to lead change at Brinker as we strive to be the globally dominant casual dining restaurant portfolio company."
Dave Orenstein has resigned as president of On The Border as a result of these changes. "Over the past two decades, Dave made many contributions to the On The Border brand and to Brinker," Mr. Brooks said. "We thank him for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors,".
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