Board of Directors
Mr. Carter has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since April 2015. He has served as Executive Vice President and President, Development, Architecture and Construction for Hilton Worldwide since October 2012 and previously oversaw Operations since August 2009 for Hilton Worldwide. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Hilton International Co. prior to its reacquisition by Hilton Worldwide in February 2006. Prior to joining Hilton International in January 2005, Mr. Carter served as President of Black & Decker Corporation, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to Black & Decker, Mr. Carter spent more than a decade with General Electric Plastics, ultimately serving as President of General Electric Specialty Chemical. Mr. Carter serves as a non-Executive Director on the Board of Burberry Group PLC, where he serves as chairman of the compensation committee, and is a Patron of Hospitality in Action and Chairman of the Hilton in the Community Foundation. He is also Chairman of the International Tourism Partnership. He serves on the board of advisors of Boston University School of Hospitality Administration, serves as a Commissioner of the California Travel and Tourism Commission and is a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality. Mr. Carter is a graduate of the University of West London, School of Business Management, and received an honorary doctorate from the university.
Mr. Carter's extensive experience in business development across a wide range of industries allows him to provide insight to the Board of Directors regarding developing and implementing strategies for growing our business. In addition, Mr. Carter's service as a chief executive officer of various other companies contributes valuable management experience to the Board's collective knowledge.
Mr. Abdallah has served as Chief Executive Officer since November 2016. Most recently, he was an operating partner for CIC Partners, where he acted in an operating and investing role in their restaurant portfolio companies. Prior to joining CIC, Mr. Abdallah served as interim CEO of Dinosaur BBQ while establishing a restaurant investment platform for a family office with a wide mandate to invest in quality brands in the restaurant industry, leading the acquisition of Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ. Previously, he led the turnaround at Romano's Macaroni Grill that resulted in a sale to Ignite Restaurant Group. Before joining Macaroni Grill (a concept owned by Golden Gate Capital) as Chief Executive Officer and President in July 2010, Norman held the same position at Sun Capital owned Restaurants Unlimited, a multi-concept company consisting of 14 brands. Earlier, Mr. Abdallah was the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Fired Up, Inc., parent company of U.S.-based casual dining chain Carino’s Italian.
Mr. Abdallah brings extensive knowledge of the restaurant industry to the board of directors from his experience with a number of national restaurant concepts. In addition, Mr. Abdallah's service as a chief executive officer of various other restaurant holding companies contributes valuable management experience to the board's collective knowledge. Lastly, Mr. Abdallah’s board service provides a direct open channel of communication between the board and senior management.
Ms. Brown has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2017. Ms. Brown has more than 25 years of experience in consulting, private equity and consumer oriented businesses, and is currently Senior Lecturer of Business Administration of Harvard Business School as well as the host of SiriusXM's weekly business show "Trendsetters".
Prior to these roles, Ms. Brown was the Chairman of North America at the leading luxury goods company, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Before joining LVMH, Ms. Brown was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, where she specialized in buyouts in the global consumer and retail sectors. She joined Carlyle from Avon Products, where she was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Global Business Development, and prior to this was the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development at The Estée Lauder Companies. Ms. Brown began her business career as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company.
Ms. Brown is a seasoned strategist and business leader and brings a deep experience in luxury goods to the board of directors. As an expert in global, high growth retail, and consumer companies, she understands Del Frisco’s target consumer well and provides a valuable perspective of their tastes to our board.
Mr. Barr has served as a member of our Advisory Board since 2008. Mr. Barr has been the Chairman of the board of directors of PMTD Restaurants LLC and its affiliates, a franchisee of KFC since 1998. Mr. Barr has also been Chairman of the board of directors of Rita Restaurant Corp., the owner and operator of Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurants and Hops Grill and Brewery since 2008, in addition to having served on the board of the prior owner. Mr. Barr also serves on the boards of directors of Mrs. Fields Original Cookies, Inc. (owner of the Ms. Fields and TCBY brands), and Charles & Colvard Ltd., and was previously the Chairman of the board of directors of Samuels Jewelers, Inc. from 2000 to 2006. From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Barr served as the Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of the Great American Cookie Company, a franchisor and operator of cookie stores. Mr. Barr began his career with Price Waterhouse in 1986 where he worked until 1991 when he left to join the finance department of Pizza Hut, Inc. Mr. Barr was a licensed certified public accountant in the State of Georgia and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants from 1991 to 2003. Mr. Barr currently sits on the board of directors of International Franchise Association and the advisory board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Barr brings extensive knowledge of the restaurant industry to the board of directors from his experience with a number of restaurant and retail concepts. His board service for various companies, including as chairman, also provides valuable insight to the board regarding the dynamics and interactions of a board of directors. Mr. Barr's financial background assists the board in taking responsibility for our public company reporting of financial information. His service on the Company's Advisory Board also provides Mr. Barr with working knowledge of the Company's business and operations that is important to the development of the board.
Mr. Davis has served as a member of our Advisory Board since 2011. Mr. Davis has also served as a member of the board of directors of Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, a 207-unit grocery company also controlled by Lone Star Fund, since 2011. Mr. Davis' 40 year business career has been devoted to managing and developing various businesses in retail, printing services and the restaurant and entertainment industries. Mr. Davis was the founder and owner of Main Street Crossing, a restaurant and live entertainment venue, JoeAuto, a chain of auto repair shops, Extreme Logic, a software training company and Night-Rider Overnight Copy Service, a printing business. Mr. Davis was the CEO of CCG Venture Partners from 1992 to 2010 and served in an advisory board capacity in 2011 for Del Frisco's.
Mr. Davis' extensive experience in business development across a wide range of industries allows him to provide insight to the board of directors regarding developing and implementing strategies for growing our business. His service on the Company's Advisory Board also provides Mr. Davis with working knowledge of the Company's business and operations that are important to the development of the board.
Mr. Lamar has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2013. Mr. Lamar retired from his position as Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald's USA in 2008. In 24 years with McDonald's, he held various roles including National Marketing Director and Regional Marketing Director. Prior to joining McDonald's, Mr. Lamar was a Vice President of Burrell Advertising. Mr. Lamar is a member of the Board of Directors of Sionicmobile, Chairman elect of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. and Chairman of the Atlanta Football Classic.
Mr. Mednansky has served as Chief Executive Officer of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group from March 2007 to November 2016. Prior to becoming our Chief Executive Officer, he served in senior management roles with Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc. From 2005 until March 2007, Mr. Mednansky was the Chief Operating Officer of several Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon restaurant concepts, including Del Frisco's and Sullivan's. He also served as Vice President of Operations of the Del Frisco's and Sullivan's concepts from 2000 to 2005 and President of the Texas Land & Cattle concept from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Mednansky has over 35 years of restaurant industry experience and 25 years of experience as a senior operations manager. Prior to joining Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc., he was Director of Operations for Big Four Restaurants from 1997 to 1998, Director of Culinary Services for Dial Corp. from 1990 to 1997 and Area Manager for Big Four Restaurants from 1985 to 1990.
Mr. Mednansky brings a deep understanding of the Company's business, industry, operations and strategic plan to the board of directors. Mr. Mednansky also has extensive institutional knowledge gained through his more than 12 years of experience with the Del Frisco's and Sullivan's concepts. In addition, his other senior leadership and restaurant experience enables him to provide valuable insight and guidance to the board on our industry as a whole.