Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has announced that Stephen E. Carley will be appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective September 13, 2010 or such earlier date as may be agreed upon by the Company and Mr. Carley, implementing the planned succession of Dennis Mullen. Mr. Carley will also be appointed to the Board of Directors as of such date. Mr. Carley has significant experience in the restaurant, food-service and consumer products industries, including serving as the Chief Executive Officer and President of El Pollo Loco Inc. since April 2001.
“The Red Robin Board of Directors is pleased that Steve is joining the Company. Steve brings relevant restaurant and management experience to our team and we look forward to his future contributions to the Company,” said Pattye Moore, Red Robin’s Board Chair.
“I am pleased to join the Red Robin team. This is a great brand that has a unique position among consumers. I am looking forward to working with the board and the entire management team to continue Red Robin’s growth and focus on delivering fun and memorable dining experiences in an exciting, high-energy, family-friendly atmosphere,” said Stephen E. Carley.
Prior to El Pollo Loco, Mr. Carley served in various capacities, including various senior management positions at Taco Bell Corporation. Earlier in his career, he served as President of Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park and Citywalk, a division of Universal Studios, Inc, and spent several years in brand management and operations with General Mills, Inc., The Pillsbury Company and PepsiCo, Inc.
Dennis Mullen will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors until the effective date of Mr. Carley’s appointment, at which time Mr. Mullen will also resign from his board position. “We would like to thank Denny Mullen for his many contributions to Red Robin, including bringing stability to the Company in a difficult situation by his acceptance of the CEO position. Denny’s leadership and professionalism have been important to the Company during these turbulent times,” concluded Ms. Moore.