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Brinker Names Valadehas President of Chili’s

Comings promoted to senior vice president and COO for the casual dining concept. 

Brinker International promoted Kelli Valadehas to president of its Chili’s Bar and Grill concept. Doug Comings replaces Valadehas as senior vice president and chief operating officer for Chili’s.

In her new role, Valadehas becomes responsible for overseeing all aspects of domestic restaurant operations, marketing and franchising for the casual dining chain. She has been with Brinker for more than 20 years, holding multiple leadership roles. Prior to joining Brinker, Valadehas held a human resources position for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide.

As senior vice president and chief operating officer, Comings will oversee operations for all Chili's domestic restaurants. Previously, Comings served in a dual capacity as vice president of domestic franchise and regional vice president for Chili's. Comings began his career with Brinker International in 1994 as a Chili's server and over the past 22 years has grown into various operations leadership roles.