Benn joins Cheesecake Factory as v.p. and c.f.o.

by Eric Schroeder
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CALABASAS HILLS, CALIF. — W. Douglas Benn has joined the Cheesecake Factory Inc. as executive vice-president and chief financial officer. He will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s finance, accounting, strategic planning and investor relations functions.

Mr. Benn is a veteran of the restaurant industry having spent more than 20 years in management roles with restaurant companies. He most recently was executive vice-president and c.f.o. of RARE Hospitality International, which owned LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille prior to the company’s sale to Darden Restaurants in October 2007.

"Doug is a proven leader with an extensive background in the restaurant industry and we are delighted to have him join us," said David Overton, chairman and chief executive officer. "Doug brings a broad base of expertise to our company with strengths that go beyond the traditional responsibilities of a c.f.o. He is a strategic thinker with a demonstrated ability to positively influence the growth goals and direction of a company. I’m confident that Doug will add tremendous value in helping to position our company for healthy long-term growth."

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