People: Cheesecake Factory Inc (CAKE.O)

CAKE.O on Nasdaq

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Overton

69 2002 Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

David Gordon

50 2013 President

W. Douglas Benn

60 2009 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Max Byfuglin

69 2006 President of The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated

Debby Zurzolo

58 2003 Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

Cheryl Slomann

47 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller

Jerome Kransdorf

76 2012 Lead Independent Director

Alexander Cappello

59 2012 Independent Director

Laurence Mindel

77 2012 Independent Director

David Pittaway

63 2009 Independent Director

Douglas Schmick

67 2012 Independent Director

Herbert Simon

80 2011 Independent Director

Jill Peters

Vice President - Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

David Overton

Mr. David Overton is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. since 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 nearly $2.0 billion in 2014, with The Cheesecake Factory leading the casual dining industry in average annual sales per restaurant of $10.5 million in fiscal 2014. 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 this company 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 which raises funds for a variety of worthy causes and provides a means for the Company's staff members to perform charitable work in their communities.

David Gordon

Mr. David M. Gordon is President of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. Mr. Gordon has been employed by the Company in various capacities since 1993, most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations from 2008 through 2010 and Chief Operating Officer of The Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux Cafe restaurants from 2010 until his appointment as President.

W. Douglas Benn

Mr. W. Douglas Benn is Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. 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 October 2007.

Max Byfuglin

Mr. Max S. Byfuglin is President of The Cheesecake Bakery Factory Incorporated, a bakery subsidiary of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. Mr. Byfuglin joined bakery operations in 1982 and worked closely with the founders, serving in nearly every capacity in the akery over the past 30 years.

Debby Zurzolo

Ms. Debby R. Zurzolo is an Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. Ms. Zurzolo joined Company as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in April 1999 and was appointed to qcurrent positions in December 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 the Company on various real estate and other business matters.

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. Mr. Kransdorf 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 an Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. He has led several public and private companies over the past 42 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 Russia Forum. He is also a director of California Ethanol & Power, Caldera Medical and Patriot Defense Group and is a former Chairman of Intelligent Energy, PLC (London), a global technology leader in hydrogen fuel cells, 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).

Laurence Mindel

Mr. Laurence B. Mindel is an Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., since March 2, 2012. Mr. Mindel has 45 years of experience as a restaurant creator, developer and operator and is currently a Managing Partner of Poggio Trattoria, an award-winning Italian restaurant and Copita Tequileria Y Comida, a "modern" Mexican restaurant, both located in Sausalito, 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, Food Arts Magazine "Silver Spoon" award, James Beard Foundation "Outstanding Restaurateur" Semi-Finalist, 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 an 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 Restaurants. In addition, he is a director and co-founder of the Armed Forces Reserve Family Assistance Fund.

Douglas Schmick

Mr. Douglas L. Schmick is an Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., effective August 1, 2012. He began his restaurant career over 41 years ago and developed several brands, most notably McCormick & Schmick's Fresh Seafood Restaurants. Beginning with Jake's Famous Crawfish restaurant in Portland, Oregon, Mr. Schmick and his partner became leaders and innovators in the affordable, upscale seafood segment and grew the McCormick & Schmick's organization to 96 restaurants nationwide. Mr. Schmick served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for that company from 1974 through 1999 and again from 2007 through 2008. During those years, he guided McCormick & Schmick's through several iterations of ownership, including becoming a publicly-traded company in 2004. He then served as Chairman of the Board until the company's sale in 2012. In 2013, Mr. Schmick joined the Board of Directors of Chuy's Inc., a public company, and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, a private group. Mr. Schmick has received many accolades for his work in the restaurant industry, including being named the Ernst & Young Regional "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2008.

Herbert Simon

Mr. Herbert Simon is an 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.

Jill Peters

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

David Overton

5,368,110

David Gordon

1,437,020

W. Douglas Benn

1,182,700

Max Byfuglin

890,974

Debby Zurzolo

1,078,720

Cheryl Slomann

387,587

Jerome Kransdorf

--

Alexander Cappello

--

Laurence Mindel

--

David Pittaway

--

Douglas Schmick

--

Herbert Simon

--

Jill Peters

--
As Of  29 Dec 2014

Options Compensation

Name Options Value

David Overton

595,000 6,160,010

David Gordon

13,000 337,485

W. Douglas Benn

7,500 189,750

Max Byfuglin

248,000 3,191,558

Debby Zurzolo

352,500 5,632,282

Cheryl Slomann

0 0

Jerome Kransdorf

0 0

Alexander Cappello

0 0

Laurence Mindel

0 0

David Pittaway

0 0

Douglas Schmick

0 0

Herbert Simon

0 0

Jill Peters

0 0
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