Brinker International Promotes Longtime Exec to SVP of Brand Finance

Brinker said that Jeremy Linker's promotion is a reflection of his strong financial and operational contributions to the company's progress. He'll be focused on the company's restaurant brands Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy

Longtime Brinker team member Jeremy Linker has been promoted to senior vice president of brand finance at the Dallas-based company’s restaurant brands Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy, effective June 27.

Linker, who has been at Brinker for more than 20 years, has held various roles in the brand’s accounting and finance departments, most recently as vice president, brand finance and construction, a role in which he implemented an exacting approach to the brand’s pricing strategy and guided the reinvestment of funds to the restaurants to ensure they are well-maintained and inviting for guests.

“We continue to make improvements to the Chili’s guest and team member experience while driving sustainable profitable growth,” Brinker CEO and President Kevin Hochman said in a statement. “Jeremy’s promotion is a reflection of his strong financial and operational contributions to that progress.”

Brinker said Linker has influenced the company in numerous ways, including his leadership in ensuring his team provides insightful analytics to company leadership and develops accurate forecasts to help restaurant operators drive revenue and profits. He’s been a key leader on several enterprise initiatives, including Chili’s Core 4 team, which shapes Chili’s menu and merchandising strategies.

“Being able to spend more than two decades at Brinker has given me the opportunity to grow in both my knowledge of the restaurant business and my excitement about the future of Brinker’s brands,” Linker said. “I’ve been able to spend time learning from and working with the people who have created and shaped our iconic brands, and I’m proud to be part of that leadership team moving forward.”

Linker will report to Mika Ware, who will assume the role of executive vice president, chief financial officer, also effective June 27.

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