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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Overton

70 2002 Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

David Gordon

51 2013 President

W. Douglas Benn

61 2009 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Max Byfuglin

70 2006 President of The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated

Debby Zurzolo

59 2003 Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

Cheryl Slomann

50 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller

Jerome Kransdorf

77 2012 Lead Independent Director

Alexander Cappello

60 2012 Independent Director

Laurence Mindel

78 2012 Independent Director

David Pittaway

64 2009 Independent Director

Herbert Simon

81 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 Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since our incorporation in 1992. He co-founded the Company with his parents, Evelyn and Oscar Overton. Mr. Overton created the Company's namesake concept and opened the first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in 1978 in Beverly Hills, California. He grew The Cheesecake Factory® into an international chain and created two other concepts, Grand Lux Cafe® and RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen®. Under Mr. Overton's leadership, the Company's revenues reached $2.1 billion in 2015. The Cheesecake Factory is a leader in the casual dining industry with average annual sales per restaurant of $10.6 million in fiscal 2015. Mr. Overton's professional honors include the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association "Silver Plate Award," recognizing the most outstanding and innovative talent in foodservice operations; the "Executive of the Year Award" from Restaurants & Institutions Magazine; the "MenuMasters Hall of Fame Award" from Nation's Restaurant News, for his outstanding contributions to menu design and foodservice research and development; the "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the Food Services category for the Los Angeles region by Ernst & Young, for his demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, performance and personal commitment to The Cheesecake Factory and the communities our restaurants serve; and the "Leadership Roundtable-Industry Leadership Award." Mr. Overton is also one of the founding members and directors of The Cheesecake Factory Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation ("Foundation"), a 501(c)(3) qualified, non-profit charitable organization that raises funds for a variety of worthy causes and provides a means for the Company's over 37,000 staff members to perform charitable work in their communities.

David Gordon

Mr. David M. Gordon is President of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. He 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.

W. Douglas Benn

Mr. W. Douglas Benn is Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President of the Company. Since 2009. Mr. Benn is a veteran of the restaurant industry having spent more than 20 years in management roles with restaurant companies. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RARE Hospitality International, owner of the LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille concepts, prior to that company’s sale to another multi-concept, public restaurant company in 2007. He is also an advisory director of our Foundation.

Max Byfuglin

Mr. Max S. Byfuglin is President of The Cheesecake Bakery Factory Incorporated, a bakery subsidiary of the Company. He joined our bakery operations in 1982 and worked closely with our founders, serving in nearly every capacity in our bakery operations over the past 33 years.

Debby Zurzolo

Ms. Debby R. Zurzolo is an Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of the Company. She 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.

Cheryl Slomann

Ms. Cheryl M. Slomann is Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting of the Company. Ms. Cheryl Slomann was Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Controller of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. Ms. Slomann has been served as Interim Chief Financial Officer in July 2008 and served in that capacity until January 2009. Ms. Slomann has been Vice President and Controller since April 2004, and was appointed Chief Accounting Officer in February 2005 and currently serves in those capacities. From 1998 until joining Company, Ms. Slomann was Vice President, Corporate Finance, and Treasurer at QAD Inc.

Jerome Kransdorf

Mr. Jerome I. Kransdorf is Lead Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., since February 29, 2012. He has more than 45 years of investment management experience. Mr. Kransdorf retired in September 2014 as President of JaK Direct, a division of Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. where he worked from 2001 to 2014. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Kransdorf served as Senior Vice President of J. & W. Seligman & Co. Incorporated, an investment advisory firm. From 1959 to 1997, he was employed in investment and senior management positions at Wertheim & Co. and its successor companies.

Alexander Cappello

Mr. Alexander L. Cappello is Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. He has led several public and private companies over the past 43 years, including Cappello Group, Inc. a global merchant bank affiliated with Cappello Global, LLC an investment bank, whose principals have conducted over $155 billion in transactions in over 50 countries. He is a Director of RAND Corporation's Center for Middle East Public Policy, the Center for Global Risk and Security, and the RAND Russia Forum. He is also a Director of Virco MFG Inc. (NASDAQ), Gusmer Enterprises, California Ethanol & Power, Caldera Medical and is a former Chairman of: Intelligent Energy, PLC (LSE), a global technology leader in hydrogen fuel cells, Chairman Inter-Tel (NASDAQ) and Geothermal Resources Intl. (AMEX), as well as is a former Director of Cytrx (NASDAQ), Genius Products (NASDAQ) and Koo Koo Roo, Inc (NASDAQ), International Computer Materials Corp. (NASDAQ), California Republic Bank (NASDAQ), Arcus Data Security (NASDAQ).

Laurence Mindel

Mr. Laurence B. Mindel is Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., since March 2, 2012. He has 46 years of experience as a restaurant creator, developer and operator and is currently the Managing Partner of Poggio Trattoria, an award-winning Italian restaurant and Copita Tequileria Y Comida, a "modern" Mexican restaurant, both located in Sausalito, and the soon-to-open Convivo, a "nomad Italian" restaurant in Santa Barbara, California. In 1970, he co-founded Spectrum Foods whose restaurant portfolio included, among others, California-based restaurants Ciao, Prego, MacArthur Park, Guaymas and Harry's Bar. Following the acquisition of Spectrum Foods by Saga Corp. (NYSE) in 1984, Mr. Mindel served as President of Saga's restaurant group where he directed the operations of more than 200 restaurants with combined revenue of over $375 million. When Saga was acquired in 1986, Mr. Mindel founded Il Fornaio, a restaurant and bakery company which became public in 1997 (NASDAQ) and was subsequently taken private in 2001. His professional honors include Nation's Restaurant News "Golden Chain" award, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association "Gold Plate" award, and Food Arts Magazine "Silver Spoon" award, and in 1998, he was inducted into the California Restaurant Association's Hall of Fame. In 1985, Mr. Mindel became the first American and the first person of non-Italian descent to be awarded the Caterina de Medici Medal from the Italian government, recognizing excellence in the preservation of Italian heritage outside of Italy.

David Pittaway

Mr. David B. Pittaway is Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., since May 2009. He is Senior Managing Director, Senior Vice President and Secretary of Castle Harlan, Inc., a private equity firm. He has been with Castle Harlan since 1987. Mr. Pittaway also has served as Vice President and Secretary of Branford Castle, Inc., an investment company, since October 1986. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Pittaway was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a director of Branford Chain, Inc., a marine wholesale company, where he is now a director and Vice Chairman. Previously, Mr. Pittaway was Vice President of Strategic Planning and Assistant to the President of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc., an investment banking firm. Mr. Pittaway is a member of the boards of directors of Bravo Brio Restaurant Group (BRIO) and the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America. He was formerly a director of Morton's Restaurant Group and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steak restaurants. In addition, he is a director and co-founder of the Armed Forces Reserve Family Assistance Fund.

Herbert Simon

Mr. Herbert Simon is Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the board of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, Inc., a member of the S&P 500 and the largest U.S. publicly-traded real estate company, and has served on its board since 1993. Throughout his career, Mr. Simon has maintained a leadership position within the retail property industry by developing high profile retail facilities, including, but not limited to, The Forum Shops at Caesars, Roosevelt Field, and The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Additional diversified business interests beyond real estate include ownership of a National Basketball Association's franchise, the Indiana Pacers. Mr. Simon also served as the former Chairman of the National Basketball Association's Board of Governors and continues to serve as a member of such board. He is also active in numerous community and civic organizations.

Stacy Feit

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

David Overton

5,917,620

David Gordon

1,766,820

W. Douglas Benn

1,338,360

Max Byfuglin

1,111,230

Debby Zurzolo

1,227,380

Cheryl Slomann

387,587

Jerome Kransdorf

197,500

Alexander Cappello

180,000

Laurence Mindel

170,000

David Pittaway

185,000

Herbert Simon

170,000

Stacy Feit

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As Of  28 Dec 2015

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