Brinker International, Inc. welcomes restaurant industry veteran Ian Baines to its management team and promotes Carin Stutz.
Baines is a restaurant industry veteran with an extensive background in culinary and operations, according to a Brinker release. He previously served as the president and chief executive officer of Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, a full-service bar and grill restaurant company owned and operated by Sun Capital Partners in Orlando, Fla. This is Baines' second tour of duty with Brinker International, having previously served as regional vice president of operations for Romano's Macaroni Grill and vice president of operations for former Brinker brand, Big Bowl Fresh Chinese and Thai.
In his new role, Baines will oversee such initiatives as kitchen and culinary innovation, as well as lead the brand's remodeling efforts of more than 800 company-owned Chili's locations nationwide.