Calabas Hills / CA. (cf) The Cheesecake Factory Inc. announced the expansion of its Board of Directors from six to seven members and appointed Edie A. Ames, 50, to the Company’s Board of Directors as an independent member, effective immediately. The addition of Ms. Ames expands the number of independent Board members from five to six. Ames also will serve on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board and will stand for election at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. «Edie brings 30 years of restaurant industry experience across the casual dining, fast casual and fine dining segments», said David Overton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated. «Her extensive operational expertise and leadership will be valuable additions to our Board».
Ames currently serves as President of «The Counter» and «Built» Custom Burgers where she oversees company-owned operations and supports the growth of its franchise businesses. Prior, she held numerous leadership roles, including Executive Vice President of Wolfgang Puck Catering, Chief Operating Officer of both Real Mex Restaurants and Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, as well as President of Morton’s Restaurant Group. Earlier in her career, she spent 11 years at California Pizza Kitchen Inc. where she held positions of increasing responsibility.