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Brinker Announces Pair of Management Changes

Brinker International, Inc. welcomes restaurant industry veteran Ian Baines to its management team and promotes Carin Stutz.

Multi-concept foodservice operator Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE:EAT - News), named Ian Baines senior vice president of strategic innovation for Brinker and Chili's Grill & Bar and promoted Carin Stutz to president of Brinker's Global Business Development.

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.

Stutz joined Brinker in June 2009 as senior vice president of Brinker and chief operating officer of global business development and later that year added senior vice president of strategic operations for both global and domestic business to her title. She will supervise business decisions and restaurant operations for all international locations while engaging Brinker's international goals and objectives.