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Cheesecake Factory Inc (CAKE.O)

CAKE.O on Nasdaq

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Overton

70 2002 Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

David Gordon

52 2013 President

Matthew Clark

48 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Max Byfuglin

71 2006 President of The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated

Debby Zurzolo

60 2003 Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

Jerome Kransdorf

77 2012 Lead Independent Director

Edie Ames

49 2016 Independent Director

Alexander Cappello

2012 Independent Director

Laurence Mindel

79 2012 Independent Director

David Pittaway

64 2009 Independent Director

Herbert Simon

82 2011 Independent Director

Stacy Feit

2015 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

David Overton

Mr. David M. Overton is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since our incorporation in February 1992. When evaluating Mr. Overton's qualifications for continuation of his Board service, the Governance Committee and the Board considered Mr. Overton's essential leadership role with us, his unique perspective and understanding of our mission, vision and values, the extent and depth of his knowledge and experience related to us and our concepts, and the importance of Mr. Overton's strategic vision.

David Gordon

Mr. David M. Gordon is President of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. He was appointed President of the Company in February 2013. Mr. Gordon joined our Company in 1993 as a Manager and held operational positions, including General Manager, Area Director of Operations, Regional Vice President and Chief Operating Officer prior to his appointment as President. He is also a director of our Foundation.

Matthew Clark

Mr. Matthew Clark is appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the company effective July 7, 2017. He has overseen the strategy, planning, treasury and risk management functions at The Cheesecake Factory. He also supported investor relations as well as corporate governance during his tenure, and most recently led the Company’s minority investment in two external, high-growth restaurant brands. Earlier in his career, he held a number of finance positions of increasing responsibility at Groupe Danone, Kinko’s and The Walt Disney Company. Clark received an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Doug Benn is a veteran of the restaurant industry having spent more than 25 years in management roles with restaurant companies. He joined The Cheesecake Factory as Chief Financial Officer in 2009 and helped grow the Company to over $2 billion in annual revenues while adjusted earnings per share more than tripled. Benn also contributed to the achievement of several milestones, including the Company’s international expansion and the initiation of the Company’s dividend. Prior to joining The Cheesecake Factory, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RARE Hospitality International, which owned LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille preceding that company’s sale to Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Max Byfuglin

Mr. Max S. Byfuglin is President of The Cheesecake Bakery Factory Incorporated, a bakery subsidiary of the Company. He serves as President of The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated, our bakery subsidiary. Mr. Byfuglin joined our bakery operations in 1982 and worked closely with our founders, serving in nearly every capacity in our bakery operations over the past 34 years.

Debby Zurzolo

Ms. Debby R. Zurzolo is an Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of the Company. She serves as our Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel. Ms. Zurzolo joined our Company as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 1999 and was appointed to her current positions in 2003. From 1982 until joining the Company, she practiced law at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP in Los Angeles, California. As a partner with that firm, Ms. Zurzolo represented us on various real estate and other business matters. She is also a founding member and director of our Foundation.

Jerome Kransdorf

Mr. Jerome I. Kransdorf is Lead Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., since February 29, 2012. He has served on the Board since 1997. When evaluating Mr. Kransdorf's qualifications for continuation of his Board service, the Governance Committee and the Board considered Mr. Kransdorf's more than 45 years' of investment management experience, his depth of knowledge and experience specific to us, his current service as Lead Director, Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, and his current status as an "independent director" under NASDAQ and SEC rules.

Edie Ames

Ms. Edie A. Ames serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Ames was appointed to the Governance Committee and the Board in December 2016. When evaluating Ms. Ames' qualifications for Board service, the Governance Committee and the Board considered Ms. Ames' more than 30 years of restaurant industry experience, including operational experience, domestic and international licensing and franchise experience, numerous leadership roles with a variety of restaurant concepts across the casual dining, fast casual and fine dining segments, and her current status as an "independent director" under NASDAQ and SEC rules.

Alexander Cappello

Mr. Alexander L. Cappello is Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. He has served on the Board since 2008. When evaluating Mr. Cappello's qualifications for continuation of his Board service, the Governance Committee and the Board considered Mr. Cappello's extensive executive management and financial background, international business experience, international management and marketing experience, prior service as Lead Director of our Company, service as the Chair of our Compensation Committee and member of our Audit Committee, designation by our Board as an "audit committee financial expert," former service on the boards of other public companies, including another restaurant company, corporate governance expertise, and his current status as an "independent director" under NASDAQ and SEC rules.

Laurence Mindel

Mr. Laurence B. Mindel is Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., since March 2, 2012. He has served on the Board since 2012. When evaluating Mr. Mindel's qualifications for continuation of his Board service, the Governance Committee and the Board considered Mr. Mindel's more than 47 years' experience in the restaurant industry, both as a concept creator and an operator, his experience guiding a publicly-traded restaurant company, his current service as a member of the Compensation Committee and Governance Committee, his prior service as a member of the Compensation Committee and his current status as an "independent director" under NASDAQ and SEC rules.

David Pittaway

Mr. David B. Pittaway is Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., since May 2009. He has served on the Board since 2009. When evaluating Mr. Pittaway's qualifications for continuation of his Board service, the Governance Committee and the Board considered his extensive financial and industry experience, including his service on audit committees of other public restaurant companies, his legal background and familiarity with SEC rules and regulations related to public companies, his service as a member (and now Chairman) of our Audit Committee, his designation by our Board as an "audit committee financial expert" and his current status as an "independent director" under NASDAQ and SEC rules.

Herbert Simon

Mr. Herbert Simon is Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. He has served on the Board since 2011. When evaluating Mr. Simon's qualifications for continuation of his Board service, the Governance Committee and the Board considered Mr. Simon's considerable domestic and international commercial real estate experience, including his tenure with Simon Property Group, Inc., a publicly-held real estate investment trust of which he is Chairman Emeritus and a member of the board of directors, his service as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Governance Committee, and his current status as an "independent director" under NASDAQ and SEC rules.

Stacy Feit

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

David Overton

5,992,980

David Gordon

1,969,320

Matthew Clark

--

Max Byfuglin

1,230,220

Debby Zurzolo

1,277,700

Jerome Kransdorf

212,500

Edie Ames

7,500

Alexander Cappello

192,500

Laurence Mindel

180,000

David Pittaway

195,000

Herbert Simon

180,000

Stacy Feit

--
As Of  28 Dec 2016