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Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc (RUTH.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael O'Donnell

61 2016 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Cheryl Henry

43 2016 President, Chief Operating Officer

Arne Haak

49 2011 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Kevin Toomy

63 2010 President and Chief Operating Officer of Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Robin Selati

51 2010 Lead Independent Director

Mary Baglivo

59 Director

Giannella Alvarez

57 2016 Independent Director

Carla Cooper

66 2003 Independent Director

Bannus Hudson

71 2005 Independent Director

Robert Merritt

65 2009 Independent Director

Fitzhugh Taylor

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Michael O'Donnell

Mr. Michael P. O'Donnell is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Ruths Hospitality Group Inc. He has served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer since August 2008 and as Chairman of Board since October 2010. Mr. O’Donnell has spent more than 25 years in the restaurant industry, having been most recently Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Champps Entertainment, Inc. from March 2005 until the company was sold in 2007. Prior to that, Mr. O’Donnell served in several leadership positions in the restaurant industry, including President and Chief Executive Officer of New Business and President of Roy’s for Outback Steakhouse, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of Miller’s Ale House, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ground Round Restaurants, Inc. and key operation positions with T.G.I. Friday’s and Pizza Hut. Mr. O’Donnell currently serves as a director with Cosi, Inc., Logan’s Roadhouse and Hickory Tavern and as a member of the Rollins College Board of Trustees. During the previous five years, Mr. O’Donnell also served as a director of Sbarro, Inc.

Cheryl Henry

Ms. Cheryl Janet Henry is President, Chief Operating Officer of Ruths Hospitality Group, Inc. Prior to that, Ms. Henry served as the Company’s Chief Business Development Officer from June 2007 to August 2011. Ms. Henry has more than 15 years of senior level management experience and prior to joining the Company, she was the Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Orlando.

Arne Haak

Mr. Arne G. Haak is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. Prior to joining the Company in August 2011, Mr. Haak held a number of leadership positions with AirTran Airways (“AirTran”), which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV). From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Haak served as AirTran’s senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Haak served as AirTran’s vice president of finance and treasurer. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Haak served as AirTran’s director of corporate finance. Mr. Haak has also held various positions with U.S. Airways, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) in pricing and revenue management.

Kevin Toomy

Mr. Kevin W. Toomy is President and Chief Operating Officer of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a subsidiary of Ruths Hospitality Group Inc., since March 2010. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Toomy served as the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ruth’s Chris Steak House since October 2008 and Vice President of Special Projects from September 2008 to October 2008. Before that, from August 2007 to September 2008, he served as an independent restaurant consultant. From October 2002 to August 2007, he served as Owner and President of Goldcoast Seafood Grill in South Florida. He started his career serving as a General Manager for Steak & Ale Corporation, and shortly thereafter, joined two former Steak & Ale executives to grow the now nationwide Houston’s restaurant brand. Mr. Toomy has also been a joint venture partner for the Roy’s and Outback Steakhouse brands.

Robin Selati

Mr. Robin P. Selati is the Lead Independent Director of Ruths Hospitality Group, Inc. He has served as Chairman of Board of Directors from April 2005 to September 2006 and from April 2008 to October 2010. Mr. Selati is a Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“Madison Dearborn”) and joined the firm in 1993. Before 1993, Mr. Selati was with Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated. Mr. Selati currently serves on the Board of Directors of CDW Corporation and Things Remembered, Inc. During the previous five years, Mr. Selati also served as a director for The Yankee Candle Company, Inc., B.F. Bolthouse Holdco LLC, Tuesday Morning Corporation, Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc., Pierre Holding Corporation, Family Christian Stores, Inc., NWL Holdings, Inc. and Cinemark, Inc.

Mary Baglivo

Ms. Mary L. Baglivo has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2017. Ms. Baglivo is Vice President for Global Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer for Northwestern University and has been in that role since 2013. Before that she was a partner with Brand Value Advisors, a strategic brand and digital marketing advisory firm, during 2013. She previously served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer, the Americas at Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide from 2008 to 2013, and Chief Executive Officer, New York from 2004 to 2008. Prior to joining Saatchi & Saatchi, she was President of Arnold Worldwide from 2002 to 2004 and Chief Executive Officer of Panoramic Communications from 2001 until 2002. She currently serves on the boards of directors of PVH Corp and Host Hotels & Resorts where she has served as a director since 2007 and 2013, respectively.

Giannella Alvarez

Ms. Giannella Alvarez is Independent Director of the Company. Giannella Alvarez became CEO of Harmless Harvest, a progressive organic food and beverage initiative headquartered in San Francisco, California in 2015. Previously, Ms. Alvarez served as Executive Vice President and General Manager responsible for the $2.4 billion Pet Business Unit at Del Monte Foods, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer from 2013 to 2014. In 2014 the Del Monte's Consumer business unit was spun-off and the pet business became Big Heart Brands, which was sold to The J.M. Smucker Company in March 2015. Prior to this, Ms. Alvarez served as Group President and Chief Executive Officer for Barilla Americas, a division of Barilla S.p.A., a privately-held global food and beverages company headquartered in Parma, Italy. Ms. Alvarez was responsible for the P&L across North, Central, and South American operations and also served as Chairman of the Board for Barilla America, Inc. and for Barilla Canada between 2011 and 2013. She was responsible for the turnaround of the Barilla business in the United States, for entering the prepared meals category with Barilla Ready Meals and supporting the launch of new Academia Barilla restaurants in the United States. From 2006 to 2010, Alvarez excelled as the Global Vice President & General Manager for the Active Lifestyle portfolio at The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), where she co-led the acquisition, as well as led the global expansion of Vitaminwater and Smartwater into 25 countries. At Coca Cola, she was also Global Vice President for the Hydration, Sports, Energy, and New Beverages businesses, which included Dasani, Powerade, Aquarius, and Burn, among others. Earlier in her career, Alvarez held many executive leadership roles at Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) and Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG) in general management, marketing, innovation and finance. Ms. Alvarez is a Member of the International Women's Forum (IWF) Northern California Chapter.

Carla Cooper

Ms. Carla R. Cooper is Independent Director of Ruths Hospitality Group, Inc. Ms. Cooper is President and Chief Executive Officer of Daymon Worldwide. Ms. Cooper served as Senior Vice President of Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade Sales for PepsiCo, Inc. from November 2003 to August 2009. From February 2001 to October 2003, Ms. Cooper served as President of Kellogg Company’s Natural and Frozen Foods Division. From February 2000 to February 2001, Ms. Cooper was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Foodservice for Kellogg Company. From June 1988 to November 2000, Ms. Cooper was employed in various positions with Coca-Cola USA, including as Vice President, Customer Marketing.

Bannus Hudson

Mr. Bannus B. Hudson is Independent Director of Ruths Hospitality Group, Inc. Mr. Hudson served as Chairman of the Board of Beverages & More, Inc. from November 1998 to February 2007. From October 1997 to February 2007, Mr. Hudson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Beverages & More, Inc. Mr. Hudson has leadership experience in food companies and is very knowledgeable of human resource management.

Robert Merritt

Mr. Robert S. Merritt is Independent Director of Ruths Hospitality Group, Inc. From June 2012 through September 2013, Mr. Merritt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Benjamin Moore & Co. Mr. Merritt has served on of the Board of Directors for Cosi, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed restaurant company, since October 2005 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cosi, Inc. from November 2008 to March 2010. From March 2007 to September 2007, Mr. Merritt served as Cosi, Inc.’s Interim Chief Executive Officer and President, while continuing to serve as a director. In 2005, Mr. Merritt retired from Outback Steakhouse, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary since February 1991, and served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 1990 to February 1991. Mr. Merritt also served as a director for Outback Steakhouse, Inc. and each of its subsidiaries and affiliates from 1992 to 2005. From 1988 to 1989, he served as Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer of JB’s Restaurants, Inc., a restaurant operator. From 1985 to 1988, he was Vice President of Finance for JB’s Restaurants. From 1981 to 1985, Mr. Merritt was employed by Vie de France Corporation, a restaurant and specialty baking company, as Vice President of Finance and Accounting and Chief Financial Officer.

Fitzhugh Taylor

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