Board Members

Michael P. O'Donnell, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO

Michael P. O’Donnell is currently Chairman and CEO of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, where he is responsible for the overall strategic and operational direction of the company. Mr. O’Donnell has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since October 2010, as director and as our Chief Executive Officer since August 2008 and was also President from August 2008 – July 2016. O’Donnell has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Champps Entertainment, Inc. and as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sbarro, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. O’Donnell held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of New Business at Outback Steakhouse, Inc. In addition to the board of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., he also serves on the boards of Hickory Tavern, Inc., and Logan’s Roadhouse, Inc., as well as the Board of Trustees at Rollins College.

Robin P. Selati, Lead Independent Director

Robin P. Selati has served as a member of our board of directors since September 1999. Mr. Selati is a Managing Director of Madison Dearborn and joined the firm in 1993. Before 1993, Mr. Selati was with Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated. Mr. Selati previously served on the board of BF Bolthouse Holdco LLC, CDW Corporation and The Yankee Candle Company, Inc.

Giannella Alvarez, Director

Giannella Alvarez has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2016. Ms. Alvarez became CEO of Harmless Harvest, a progressive organic food and beverage initiative headquartered in San Francisco, California in 2015. Previously, Ms. Alvarez served as Executive Vice President and General Manager responsible for the Pet Business Unit at Del Monte Foods, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer from 2013 to 2014. Prior to this, Ms. Alvarez served as Group President and Chief Executive Officer for Barilla Americas. Ms. Alvarez was responsible for the P&L across North, Central, and South American operations and also served as Chairman of the Board for Barilla America, Inc. and for Barilla Canada between 2011 and 2013. From 2006 to 2010, Alvarez excelled as the Global Vice President & General Manager for the Active Lifestyle portfolio at The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), where she co-led the acquisition, as well as led the global expansion of Vitaminwater and Smartwater into 25 countries. Ms. Alvarez is a Member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Northern California Chapter. She is also a Member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) in Northern California.

Mary Baglivo, Director

Mary Baglivo has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2017. Ms. Baglivo is Vice President for Global Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer for Northwestern University and has been in that role since 2013. Before that she was a partner with Brand Value Advisors, a strategic brand and digital marketing advisory firm, during 2013. She previously served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer, the Americas at Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide from 2008 to 2013, and Chief Executive Officer, New York from 2004 to 2008. Prior to joining Saatchi & Saatchi, she was President of Arnold Worldwide from 2002 to 2004 and Chief Executive Officer of Panoramic Communications from 2001 until 2002. She currently serves on the boards of directors of PVH Corp and Host Hotels & Resorts where she has served as a director since 2007 and 2013, respectively.

Carla R. Cooper, Director

Carla R. Cooper has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2003. Ms. Cooper was President and Chief Executive Officer of Daymon Worldwide from 2009 until 2015. Ms. Cooper served as Senior Vice President of Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade Sales for PepsiCo, Inc. from November 2003 to August 2009. From February 2001 to October 2003, Ms. Cooper served as President of Kellogg Company’s Natural and Frozen Foods Division. From February 2000 to February 2001, Ms. Cooper was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Foodservice for Kellogg Company. From June 1988 to November 2000, Ms. Cooper was employed in various positions with Coca-Cola USA, including as Vice President, Customer Marketing.

Bannus B. Hudson, Director

Bannus B. Hudson has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2005. Mr. Hudson served as Chairman of the Board of Beverages & More, Inc. from November 1998 to February 2007, and as President and CEO from October 1997 to February 2007. Mr. Hudson also had previously served as President and CEO of Equity Enterprises, Inc., as President and CEO of U.S. Shoe Corporation (NYSE) and as President and CEO of LensCrafters. Prior to that, Mr. Hudson enjoyed a 17 year career with Procter & Gamble in various Manufacturing, Brand Management and Category Management positions. In addition to the board of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., he also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Yellowstone Park Foundation and on the boards of Beverages & More, Inc. and SFJAZZ.

Robert S. Merritt, Director

Robert S. Merritt has served as an independent member of our board of directors since October 2009. Mr. Merritt has had a career in the restaurant industry that spans nearly three decades. Mr. Merritt was the Chief Executive Officer of Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. from November 2015 until April 2017 and served on their Board of Directors from May 2014 until April 2017. From June 2012 through September 2013, Mr. Merritt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Benjamin Moore & Co. Previously, Mr. Merritt served on the Board of Directors of Outback Steakhouse, Inc., as well as the boards of each of Outback's operating subsidiaries and joint ventures. He was also one of the original members of Outback Steakhouse Inc.'s senior management team, where he oversaw the initial public offering and helped steward the growth of the company from operating five restaurants in Florida in 1990 to over 1250 restaurants located in 22 countries when he retired in 2005. Mr. Merritt has also held various senior management positions with JB's Restaurants, a 150 unit family dining restaurant chain; Vie de France Corporation, a restaurant and specialty baking company located in the Washington D.C. area, which he also helped to take public in 1983; and Price Waterhouse & Co.