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Fiesta Restaurant Group appoints several executives

Fiesta RestaurantFiesta Restaurant Group announced new changes to its management team and board designed.

The Board has appointed Richard Stockinger as Chief Executive Officer of Fiesta.

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Mr. Stockinger served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Benihana Inc. from 2009 to 2014, a member of the Board of Directors of Benihana from 2008 to 2014, a member of the Audit Committee of Benihana from 2008 to 2009 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Benihana from 2010 to 2012.

Prior to joining Benihana, Mr. Stockinger spent more than two decades at The Patina Restaurant Group, LLC and its predecessor Restaurant Associates, Inc. during which time he served in various senior executive capacities, including as President from 2003 to 2008 and as a Director from 1998 to 2006.

Most recently, Mr. Stockinger has been a consultant of Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., a private equity firm, and Not Your Average Joes, a private restaurant company of which Mr. Stockinger is a member of the Board of Directors.

Moreover, the Company appointed Paul Twohig as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Fiesta.

Mr. Twohig joined Dunkin’ Brands in 2009 and currently serves as President, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Canada.

Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Mr. Twohig served as a Senior Vice President, Eastern Division for Starbucks Corporation.

He also previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Panera Bread Company.

The Board also appointed Stacey Rauch as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fiesta.

Ms. Rauch has served as a non-executive Director of the Company since 2012.

Ms. Rauch is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company from which she retired in September 2010, after serving 24 years with the company.

She was a leader in McKinsey’s Retail and Consumer Goods Practices, served as the head of the North American Retail and Apparel Practice, and acted as the Global Retail Practice Convener.

Lastly, Danny Meisenheimer has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Fiesta.

Mr. Meisenheimer has been interim CEO of Fiesta since September 2016, and Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Pollo Tropical since 2013.

Mr. Meisenheimer previously served as Chief Brand Officer of Pollo Tropical in 2012.

Prior to joining Pollo Tropical, Mr. Meisenheimer was Chief Operating Officer at Souper Salad, Inc. from 2010 to 2012 and Chief Brand Officer at Souper Salad, Inc. from 2008 to 2010.

Before that, he was Vice President, Brand Management at Pizza Inn from 2005 to 2008.


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