Aaron White Promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Wade Allen returns to his role as Chief Digital Officer
DALLAS, October 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Brinker International, Inc. today announced Aaron White was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Brinker International. In his new role, White will oversee all aspects of the team member experience for Brinker and Chili’s.® Grill & Bar, including recruitment and retention, talent selection, learning and development, and diversity, equity and inclusion. At the corporate level, she will also lead key business priorities such as culinary operations, catering services, guest engagement and team member relations.
“Given the importance of retaining team members and managers, we are bringing our function closer to the operation staff,” said Kevin Hochman, President and CEO of Brinker International. “And with previous leadership roles at PeopleWorks – our human resources department – and extensive operations experience, Aaron was the ideal candidate to help us achieve our hiring and retention goals and make our field positions more easier, more fun and more rewarding.”
Aaron joined Chili’s as an hourly team member and has dedicated his twenty-plus year career to serving Chili’s restaurant teams and guests. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Chili’s, Aaron oversaw the operations of over 500 restaurants to ensure best-in-class operations and deliver excellent guest and team member experiences. His tenure with the brand has also included roles such as VP, Operations Services; Senior Director, PeopleWorks; and area manager. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and business from University of Tennessee.
“I have had a passion for this industry since I started working in restaurants in high school, and I have always been motivated by supporting the growth and development of team members throughout their careers. career,” White said. “I am honored to take on this role and am ready to address our retention goals and redefine our work model to better support our operators and team members.”
In addition, Wade Allen will return to his role as Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, this time focusing on growing the company’s offsite business and driving customers’ digital experience online through Chili’s app, To- Go and Delivery.
“Given the $1 billion in Chili’s annual sales consumed off-site, it’s clear that customers are now viewing Chili’s as a delicious home-cooked meal replacement,” Hochman said. “I’m thrilled that Wade jumped at the chance to explore and figure out how we could take the friction out of the Team Member and guest experience to continue driving this important part of our business.”
Allen joined Brinker in 2014 and previously served as senior vice president of innovation with oversight of culinary innovation, engineering, strategic growth, and virtual brand development and execution. He has held several leadership positions in technology, analytics and digital marketing. He will work with the CMO of Chile, Georges Felix; CIO, Pankaj Patra; and Chief Operating Officer, Doug arrives identify strategies and plans to accelerate Chile’s offsite activities, most of which are handled digitally.
“My roots are in technology, data security and analytics, and I’m excited to continue using technology to transform and improve our customers’ offsite experience,” Allen said. “Chili’s has always been a leader in harnessing technology in the industry, and we will continue to innovate and move forward with ease, customization and cutting-edge hospitality.”
ABOUT BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) is a global leader in casual dining and is home to Chili’s® Grill & Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy® and two virtual brands: It’s Just Wings® and Maggiano’s® Italian Classics. Founded by Norman Brinker in Dallas, Texas, we ventured far from home, but we stayed true to our roots. Brinker owns, operates or franchises more than 1,600 restaurants in 29 countries and two US territories. Our passion is to make people feel special, and we hope you’ll feel that passion every time you visit one of our restaurants or invite us into your home through takeout or delivery. . Learn more about Brinker and its brands at brinker.com.
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