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Jean Birch
Jean M. Birch

Jean M. Birch has been a director of the Company since May 2019. She served as a member of the Board of Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc., the largest franchisor and operator of the largest Take ‘n’ Bake pizza chain in the U.S., from April 2015 until May 2019, and served as Chair of the Board of Papa Murphy’s from September 2016 until May 23, 2019, when the company was sold to MTY Food Group. Ms. Birch was appointed President and CEO of Papa Murphy’s in December 2016 and served in that position until July 2017. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Birch was President of IHOP Restaurants, Inc., a division of DineEquity, Inc. Prior to that, Ms. Birch was President of Romano’s Macaroni Grill from January 2005 to August 2007 and President of Corner Bakery Café from August 2003 to December 2004, both divisions of Brinker International, Inc. From 1991 to 2003, Ms. Birch held various roles with YUM! Brands, Inc., a global quick-service restaurant company, including VP, Operations for Taco Bell, Inc. and Senior Director, Concept Development for Pizza Hut, Inc. Since February 2018, she’s been a director of Forrester Research, a global research and advisory firm, where she currently serves as Chair of that board’s Audit Committee. In addition, since September 2018, Birch has been a director of CorePoint Lodging Inc., a real estate investment trust, where she currently serves on that board’s Audit and Nominating & Governance Committees. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2013. Since 2007, Ms. Birch has also served as CEO and President of her own strategy and leadership consulting practice, Birch Company, LLC.