Brinker International Names Gene Monteagudo Chief Operating Officer for Maggiano's Little Italy

Oct 10, 2006, 01:00 ET from Brinker International

    DALLAS, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International (NYSE:  
 EAT), a recognized leader in casual dining, has named Gene Monteagudo chief
 operating officer of its Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant brand.
     In his new role, Monteagudo will oversee operations for Maggiano's
 Little Italy restaurants nationwide, help deliver on the brand vision,
 develop policy and strategic plans.
     "Gene's extensive operations experience in the restaurant, hospitality
 and food service industries makes him the ideal person to lead the
 Maggiano's operations team," said Wyman Roberts, president of Maggiano's
 Little Italy. "His ability to balance the needs of employees and guests
 while meeting and exceeding established goals will prove invaluable as we
 continue to drive profitability of the Maggiano's brand."
     Monteagudo was employed for more than six years with Aramark FSS
 International, where he held posts of director of operations, managing
 director and interim president for Aramark Mexico. During his tenure at
 Aramark, he was responsible for overall operational standards and
 efficiencies in Mexico, South Korea and Japan. Additionally, he oversaw and
 managed the company's initial market penetration efforts in China and
     Monteagudo was also previously with YUM! Brands, Hyatt Hotels
 Corporation and the University of Houston.
     He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel and
 Institutional Management from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science
 degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Houston Conrad N.
 Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
     Monteagudo served as a founding member and on the board of directors
 for the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance. He was
 nominated to serve on the United States Presidential Advisory Commission on
 Education and Professional Excellence for Hispanic Americans and is a past
 recipient of the National Restaurant Association's Norman Brinker Salute to
 Excellence Award.
     Maggiano's Little Italy specializes in Italian American cuisine
 available family-style or ala carte and made from scratch daily; served in
 a warm and friendly atmosphere. Maggiano's menu features both classic and
 contemporary recipes -- authentic pastas, signature salads, prime steaks,
 fresh seafood, regular chef specials and specialty desserts. Maggiano's
 locations are nationwide and offer lunch or dinner, carryout service and
 banquet spaces for special occasions.
     Maggiano's is one of four restaurants in the portfolio of Dallas-based
 Brinker International, a recognized leader in casual dining. Other Brinker
 restaurant brands include Chili's Grill & Bar, Romano's Macaroni Grill and
 On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina. For more information, visit .

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