Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. has announced a series of executive leadership appointments as part of its North Star growth plan. The company, a full-service restaurant chain that serves gourmet burgers in a family-friendly environment, is positioning itself for continued success and generating long-term shareholder value.

One of the key appointments is Kevin Mayer as Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Mayer is an accomplished marketer and sales builder with a wealth of global marketing, sales, and brand-building experience. He has successfully led iconic public brands such as BJ’s Restaurants, Volkswagen, Subaru, and Chevrolet during key growth periods. As CMO of Red Robin, Mr. Mayer will be responsible for brand development, marketing, digital, innovation, and menu development.

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Another important appointment is Mark Simpson as Interim Chief People Officer. Mr. Simpson is a 35-year human resources and hospitality industry veteran, who has played a central role in cultivating Texas Roadhouse’s best-in-class culture. He will lead Red Robin’s People Team in facilitating processes and support structures that enable team members to continue to thrive. Mr. Simpson is taking over from Wayne Davis, who recently departed to pursue other personal and career interests.

Also promoted to Chief Business Development Officer is Jason Rusk. During his 25 years with Red Robin, Mr. Rusk has played a leadership role in a number of initiatives affecting operations, franchise, marketing, and branding. His most recent position was vice president of transformation and business development.

These appointments will help Red Robin continue to grow and succeed in the competitive restaurant industry. The company is committed to providing high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, and these executives will play a key role in ensuring that Red Robin remains a leader in the industry.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin and Mark to the Red Robin team and to announce Jason’s well-deserved promotion,” said Paul J.B. Murphy III, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Robin. “Each brings deep experience to their respective areas and will be instrumental in driving our continued growth and success.”

Red Robin is known for its innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers, as well as its family-friendly atmosphere. The company has over 500 restaurants across the United States and Canada, and it is committed to providing its guests with a memorable dining experience.

With these new executive leadership appointments, Red Robin is poised for continued success in the years to come. The company is committed to providing high-quality food and service, and these appointments will help ensure that it remains a leader in the restaurant industry.