Board of Directors

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Jean M. Birch

Ms. 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., a 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 2007, Ms. Birch has also served as CEO and President of her own strategy and leadership consulting practice, Birch Company, LLC. 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, Ms. Birch has been a director of CorePoint Lodging Inc., a real estate investment trust, where she currently serves on that board’s Audit Committee.

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John P. Gainor

Mr. Gainor has been a director of the Company since May 2019. He served as the President and CEO of International Dairy Queen, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, from 2008 until his retirement in 2017. Mr. Gainor was with International Dairy Queen starting in 2003 and served as its Chief Supply Chain Officer prior to being named President and CEO. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Gainor was President and Co-Founder of Supply Solutions, Inc., a company that focused on designing and implementing supply chain solutions and business expansion models for major restaurant chains and consumer products companies. Mr. Gainor has also held various executive positions focusing on logistics, supply chain and transportation with Consolidated Distribution Corporation, ProSource Inc., AmeriServe Distribution Corporation, and Warner Lambert Corporation. He currently serves as a director on the board of Saia, Inc. — a leading regional and inter-regional less-than-truckload carrier that services 43 states, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He serves on the company’s Audit Committee. He is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow.

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David L. Goebel, Chairman of the Board

Director Since December 2008

Mr. Goebel has been a director of the Company since December 2008, and currently serves as Lead Director. He is a partner and Faculty Member for Merryck & Co. Ltd., a worldwide firm that provides peer to peer mentoring services for CEOs and senior business executives. He has held that position since May 2008. In 2008, Mr. Goebel became the founding principal and President of Santoku, Inc., a private company that operates a fast-casual pizza concept under the name Pie Five® Pizza Company. Mr. Goebel also served as acting President and CEO of Mr. Goodcents Franchise Systems, Inc. from 2010 until December 2014. From 2001 until 2007, he served in various executive positions at Applebee’s International, Inc., including as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2006-2007, during which time the company operated nearly 2,000 restaurants in the United States and internationally. Previous to that, Mr. Goebel was President of Summit Management, Inc., a consulting group specializing in executive development and strategic planning. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Finest Foodservice, LLC, a Boston Chicken/Boston Market franchise that he founded and co-owned, which was responsible for developing 80 restaurants within a seven-state area from 1994 until 1998. Since 2017, Mr. Goebel has served on the board of directors of Wingstop Inc. which operates and franchises more than 1,000 fast-casual restaurant locations across the United States and internationally. He served on Wingstop’s Audit Committee until August 2018.

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Darin Harris

Darin Harris began his role as Chief Executive Officer in June 2020. He was previously CEO of North America for flexible working company, IWG PLC, Regus, North America, from April 2018 to May 2020. Most notably, Harris is the former Chief Executive Officer of CiCi’s Enterprises from August 2013 to January 2018. For just under five years, Harris also served as Chief Operating Officer for Primrose Schools from October 2008 to July 2013. He previously held franchise leadership roles as Senior Vice President at Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc, from June 2005 to October 2008 and Vice President, Franchise and Corporate Development at Captain D’s Seafood, Inc., from May 2000 to January 2004. He was also a prior franchise operator of multiple Papa John’s Pizza and Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants from November 2002 to June 2005. Harris has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the restaurant industry encompassing operations, franchising, brand strategy and restaurant development.

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Sharon P. John

Ms. John has been a director of the Company since September 2014. Ms. John has been the Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. since June 2013. From January 2010 through May 2013, Ms. John served as President of Stride Rite Children’s Group LLC, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc., a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of footwear and apparel. From 2002 through 2009, she held positions of broadened portfolio and increased responsibility at Hasbro, Inc., a multinational toy and board game company, including as General Manager & Senior Vice President of its U.S. Toy Division from 2006 to 2008 and General Manager & Senior Vice President of its Global Preschool unit from June 2008 through 2009. Ms. John also founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Checkerboard Toys; served as Vice President, U.S. Toy Division with VTech Industries, Inc.; and served in a range of roles at Mattel, Inc. She started her career in the advertising industry.

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Madeleine Kleiner

Ms. Kleiner has been a director of the Company since September 2011 and is currently Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. From 2001 to 2008, Ms. Kleiner was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hilton Hotels Corporation, a hotel and resort company. At Hilton, Ms. Kleiner oversaw the company’s legal affairs and the ethics, privacy and government affairs functions. She was also a member of the executive committee with significant responsibility for board of directors matters. From 1999 through 2001, Ms. Kleiner served as a director of a number of Merrill Lynch mutual funds operating under the Hotchkiss and Wiley name. From 1995 to 1998, Ms. Kleiner served as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of H. F. Ahmanson & Company and its subsidiary, Home Savings of America, where she was responsible for oversight of legal, human resources, legislative and government affairs and corporate communications. Previous to that, from 1977 to 1995, Ms. Kleiner was with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, including as partner from 1983 to 1995, where she advised corporations and their boards primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities transactions and compliance. Ms. Kleiner has served on the board of directors of Northrop Grumman Corporation since 2008, where she is a member of the Audit Committee.

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Michael W. Murphy

Mr. Murphy has been a director of the Company since September 2002. Mr. Murphy served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sharp HealthCare from April 1996 until his retirement in February 2019, and as member of the Sharp Board from 2007 through his retirement. Sharp is a comprehensive healthcare delivery system which has been recognized with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. Prior to his appointment to President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Murphy served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Legal Affairs for Sharp HealthCare. He began his career at Sharp in 1991 as Chief Financial Officer of Grossmont Hospital before moving to a system-wide role as Vice President of Financial Accounting and Reporting. Prior to this, Mr. Murphy provided certified public accounting services, including as a partner at Deloitte.

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James M. Myers

Mr. Myers has been a director of the Company since December 2010 and is currently Chair of the Finance Committee. Mr. Myers served as Chairman of the Board of Petco, the national pet supplies retailer from July 2015 until September 2018 and was also Petco’s Chief Executive Officer from 2004 until February 2017. Previously, Mr. Myers held the following positions at Petco: President from 2011 until 2015; Chief Financial Officer from 1998 to 2004; and Vice President and Controller from 1990. Prior to that, Mr. Myers was a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG LLP.

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David M. Tehle

Mr. Tehle has been a director of the Company since December 2004 and is currently Chair of the Audit Committee. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dollar General Corporation, a publicly traded company, from 2004 until his retirement in 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Tehle served from 1997 to 2004 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Haggar Corporation, a manufacturing, marketing, and retail corporation. From 1996 to 1997, he was Vice President of Finance for a division of The Stanley Works, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of tools, and from 1993 to 1996, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hat Brands, Inc. Mr. Tehle served on the board of directors of Genesco, Inc. from February 2016 through June 2019. Since July 2016, he has served on the board of US Foods Holding Corp., where he chairs the Audit Committee; and since July 2017, on the Board of National Vision, Inc. where he also chairs the Audit Committee.

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Vivien M. Yeung

Ms. Yeung has been a director of the Company since April 2017. Ms. Yeung is currently serving as the Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of Kohl’s Corporation. From January 2018 until November 29, 2019 Ms. Yeung served as General Manager, Venture at Lululemon Athletica Inc, a healthy lifestyle inspired athletic apparel company. She previously served as that company’s Chief Strategy Officer from May 2015, to January 2018, and as Vice President, Strategy from November 2011 to May 2015. From 2008 until 2011, Ms. Yeung was an independent consultant working with philanthropies, non-profit organizations and small to medium-sized enterprises on strategy development. From 2002 to 2008, she held positions with increasing responsibilities at Starbucks Coffee Company, a global premium food and beverage retailer, leading strategy development and process improvement for its North America, International, and Global Product organizations. Ms. Yeung started her career with Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, advising clients on growth, operational and investment strategies across Greater China, Southeast Asia and Australia.