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On The Border names Tom Pennison CFO Ron Ruggless

On The Border names new CFO

Tom Pennison joins casual-dining operator

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has named Tom Pennison chief financial officer, the company said Monday.

He most recently served as CFO at Southlake, Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, and succeeds Darin Harper at Dallas-based On The Border.

Pennison “brings a wealth of leadership experience in restaurant hospitality,” said Ward Whitworth, On The Border’s president and CEO, in a statement.

“Tom respects the importance that culture and relationships play in both our corporate environment and in the experiences we deliver our guests,” Whitworth said.

Prior to serving as CFO at Del Frisco’s, Pennington headed finance at Ruth’s Hospitality Group, parent to the Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse brand. 

“I am honored to join the On The Border team,” Pennison said. “This is an amazing brand with a rich heritage of providing delicious food and a fun experience to guests.”

In the most recent Nation’s Restaurant News Top 200 census, On The Border ranked 115 among chains, booking an estimated $369.9 million in U.S. systemwide sales for the fiscal year ended December 2016.

On The Border, owned by Border Holdings LLC, has 157 restaurants in 32 states, Puerto Rico and Asia.

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