Brinker promotes Guy Constant to CFO

Brinker promotes Guy Constant to CFO

He replaces company veteran Charles M. Sonsteby

Brinker International Inc. has named Guy Constant chief financial officer to replace Charles M. Sonsteby, who is resigning Oct. 1.

Constant, 45, who joined Brinker in 2004 and now serves as senior vice president of finance for its flagship Chili’s Grill & Bar chain, will become an executive vice president as well as CFO, the Dallas-based company said late Thursday.

Sonsteby, 57, a 20-year Brinker veteran and its CFO since 2001, is leaving to become chief financial and administrative officer at hobby retailer Michaels Stores Inc.

"Chuck is a highly respected leader in the global financial community as well as a valuable member of our top management team, a strong partner and a great friend," Doug Brooks, Brinker's president and chief executive, said in a statement. “Our company's financial standing and internal governance processes have been greatly strengthened under his management.”

In addition to operating or franchising more than 1,500 Chili’s units, Brinker owns more than 40 Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurants. It also holds a minority investment in Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

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