Ruth’s Chris CFO to step down

HEATHROW Fla. Ruth's Chris Steak House Inc. said Tuesday that senior vice president and chief financial officer Thomas J. Pennison Jr. is leaving the company to pursue other interests in his home state of Louisiana.


Pennison, an 11-year veteran of the steakhouse company, will remain with the company until his replacement is found. Chief executive Craig S. Miller said a search is under way and that the company hopes to have the position filled by early next year.



Ruth’s Chris relocated its headquarters to this suburb of Orlando from Metairie, La., after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area in 2005.



Ruth's Chris operates or franchises 116 namesake steakhouses.