Board Members

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

Michael P. O'Donnell is currently Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Ruth's Hospitality Group, where he is responsible for the overall strategic and operational direction of the company. 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 Logan's Roadhouse and Hickory Tavern and as a member of the Rollins College Board of Trustees.

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 as a Financial Analyst in the consumer/retailing investment banking group. Mr. Selati currently serves on the Board of Directors for BF Bolthouse Holdco LLC, CDW Corporation and The Yankee Candle Company, Inc.

Carla R. Cooper, Director

Carla R. Cooper has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2003. Ms. Cooper was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Daymon Worldwide. Ms. Cooper served as Senior Vice President of Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade Sales for PepsiCo, Inc. from November 2003 to August 2009. Prior to that, 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 most recently served as President & CEO of Equity Enterprises, Inc., as President & CEO of U.S. Shoe Corporation (NYSE) and as President & CEO of LensCrafters. Prior to that, Mr. Hudson enjoyed a seventeen 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 is currently President and CEO of Ignite Restaurant Group. 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.

Alan Vituli, Director

Alan Vituli has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2003. Mr. Vituli served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Carrols Holdings Corporation, an affiliate of Madison Dearborn, from 1986 until January 2012. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Carrols Holdings Corporation from 1992 until his retirement in December 2011.

Giannella Alvarez, Director

Giannella 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 $2.4 billion Pet Business Unit at Del Monte Foods, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer from 2013 to 2014. In 2014 the Del Monte’s Consumer business unit was spun-off and the pet business became Big Heart Brands, which was sold to The J.M. Smucker Company in March 2015.