People: Cheesecake Factory Inc (CAKE.OQ)

CAKE.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Overton

67 2002 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

David Gordon

48 2013 President

W. Douglas Benn

59 2009 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Max Byfuglin

68 2006 President of The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated

Debby Zurzolo

57 2003 Executive Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel

Jerome Kransdorf

75 2012 Lead Independent Director

Alexander Cappello

58 2012 Independent Director

Laurence Mindel

76 2012 Independent Director

David Pittaway

62 2009 Independent Director

Douglas Schmick

66 2012 Independent Director

Herbert Simon

79 2011 Independent Director

Jill Peters

Vice President - Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

David Overton

Mr. David Overton is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of The Cheesecake Factory Inc. Mr. Overton created the Company's namesake restaurant and opened the first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in 1978 in Beverly Hills, California. He grew The Cheesecake Factory into a national chain and created two other concepts, Grand Lux Cafe and RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen. Under Mr. Overton's leadership, the Company's revenues increased to $1.8 billion in 2012, with The Cheesecake Factory leading the casual dining industry in average annual sales per restaurant of $10.1 million. 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; and the "MenuMasters Hall of Fame Award" from Nation's Restaurant News, for his outstanding contributions to menu design and foodservice research and development, among many others. In 2012, Mr. Overton was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the Food Services category for the Los Angeles region by Ernst & Young.

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, 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 our bakery operations in 1982 and worked closely with our founders, serving in nearly every capacity in our bakery over the past 30 years.

Debby Zurzolo

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

Jerome Kransdorf

Mr. Jerome I. Kransdorf is Lead Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., since February 29, 2012. Mr. Kransdorf has more than 40 years of investment management experience. He currently serves as President of JaK Direct, a division of Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. 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 is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cappello Capital Corp., a global merchant banking firm, which has conducted business in over 50 countries where its principals have completed over $155 billion in transactions. Mr. Cappello has 39 years of global experience in corporate management, corporate finance, investment banking and merchant banking. He currently serves as a director of California Republic Bank and a number of private companies, as well as an advisory board member of the RAND Corporation Center for Middle East Public Policy. In addition, he served as a director for a number of public companies prior to their acquisition or privatization, including Koo Koo Roo, Inc., Cytrx Corp. and Genius Products, Inc.

Laurence Mindel

Mr. Laurence B. Mindel is Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., since March 2, 2012. Mr. Mindel has nearly 40 years' experience as a restaurant creator, developer and operator and is currently the managing partner of Poggio Trattoria, an award-winning Italian restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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. Following his departure from Saga in 1986, he founded and served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Il Fornaio, a restaurant company he took public in 1997 (subsequently taken private in 2001) and on whose board of directors he served until July 2011. Mr. Mindel's professional honors include receipt of Nation's Restaurant News "Golden Chain" award, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association "Gold Plate" award, and Food Arts Magazine "Silver Spoon" award. In 1998, he was inducted into the California Restaurant Association's Hall of Fame.

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 been 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 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 Independent Director of The Cheesecake Factory Inc., effective August 1, 2012. He began his restaurant career 39 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 from 1974 through 1999 and again from 2007 through 2008. During those years, he guided that company 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 to Landry's Inc. in 2012. 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 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 the National Basketball Association's franchise 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

Options Compensation

Name Options Value

David Overton

595,000 6,160,010

David Gordon

0 0

W. Douglas Benn

7,500 189,750

Max Byfuglin

248,000 3,191,558

Debby Zurzolo

352,500 5,632,282

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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