President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
G.J. Hart has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Robin since September 2022 and has served on the Board of Directors since August 2019. A highly regarded executive with approximately 35 years in the restaurant industry, including both public and private company experience, G.J. is well known for his organizational leadership skills, commitment to profitable growth, and ability to drive long term shareholder value.
G.J. most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Torchy’s Tacos from 2018 until 2021, a privately-held fast-casual concept with more than 100 locations. He was previously the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of California Pizza Kitchen from 2011 to 2018, where he was responsible for its “Next Chapter” of growth with a program that infused a fresh, contemporary look, innovative menu, world-class service model and generated higher per store average sales and profitability. From 2000 to 2011, G.J. served as President of Texas Roadhouse Holdings, LLC and as Chief Executive Officer and member of the board from 2004 to 2011, where he oversaw unprecedented growth and expanded the business from 60 locations to over 450 restaurants in 49 states and two international markets, while increasing revenues from $63 million to over $1 billion. Earlier in his career, G.J. held leadership positions at Al Copeland Investments, TriFoods International, New Zealand Lamb Company, and Shenandoah Valley Poultry, among others.
G.J.’s favorite Red Robin burger is the Whiskey River BBQ Burger.
Chief Financial Officer
Todd Wilson was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Red Robin in November 2022.
As CFO, Todd is responsible for all Red Robin financial disciplines including accounting, financial planning & analysis, tax, treasury, and investor relations.
Prior to joining Red Robin, from 2018 to 2022, Todd served as the CFO for Hopdoddy Burger Bar, a privately held L Catterton Growth portfolio company, where he engineered significant operating margin expansion, doubled unit count through organic growth & acquisition, and completed two successful debt refinancings. From 2016 to 2018, Todd was VP Finance for Jamba Juice, leading finance & investor relations, and spearheading the process that culminated in a successful strategic sale of the company. Prior to that, he served in progressive financial leadership roles at Bloomin’ Brands from 2006 to 2016. In his final 4 years at Bloomin’, Todd served as Division CFO and VP Finance for Carrabba’s Italian Grill leading the brand to record sales and profitability in his final year.
Todd earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of South Florida.
Todd enjoys wake surfing in the summer and snow skiing in the winter, with his daughter Ava and son Zac. Todd’s favorite burger is the Royal Red Robin.
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
Wayne Davis has developed and led human resources teams for several fortune 500 companies including Comcast NBCU, YRC Worldwide, American Greetings, Northrup Grumman, Baxter International and Frito-Lay. In many of his roles he has overseen the delivery of a comprehensive suite of HR solutions which include talent acquisition, organizational design, employee engagement, total rewards, succession planning, employee development and workforce analytics.
In his most previous role he developed and delivered a comprehensive International Human Resources strategy for a 2000+ employee population across 16 international locations. He engaged with business and human resources leaders across five business units in the UK, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, India, Ireland, and Canada.
Wayne also implemented a human resources strategy and service delivery infrastructure for a 21,000-employee segment of Comcast Cable and led a field HR team of approximately 150 professionals across 10 regional locations. Wayne earned a reputation for operational excellence, successfully piloting the HR transformation initiative for the company. He also demonstrated a clear vision of a “great place to work” environment and created action plans to make that vision a reality.
A Human Resources veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Wayne served as the Corporate Vice President for Field Human Resources at YRC Worldwide. In that role, he was responsible for providing services to six separate operating companies which collectively generated more than $8 billion in annual revenue. Prior to YRC, Wayne served as the Executive Director for Training and Development at American Greetings, where he designed and launched a new corporate university, designed a leadership development program for middle managers and launched a talent management initiative aimed at developing future leaders. In addition, Wayne has served as the Vice President for Human Resources at Cuyahoga Community College as well as in a variety of Human Resources roles at TRW. While at TRW, Wayne led the effort to recruit 7,000 part time employees for the year 2000 Census and was the recipient of the TRW Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Wayne has also served on the HR team at Baxter International and began his HR career at Frito-Lay. Wayne holds a BA from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Indiana University. He enjoys travel, reading, community service, and golf.
Wayne’s favorite Red Robin burger is the Impossible Cheeseburger!
Chief Legal Officer
Sarah was named Chief Legal Officer in December 2022. She is no stranger to Red Robin as she previously worked with the company from 2011 to 2021. During those 10 years, she held the roles of Associate General Counsel and Vice President – Deputy General Counsel. Sarah and the Red Robin legal team were recognized for an innovative approach to legal department leadership, including as a Value Champion by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in 2016.
As CLO, Sarah is responsible for oversight of all legal matters for Red Robin, including SEC reporting, compliance, financings, shareholder engagement, corporate governance, and insurance.
Prior to joining Red Robin, Sarah worked for the law firm of Holme, Roberts, & Owen (now Bryan Cave). Most recently, Sarah served as the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Skillsoft Corp. (NYSE: SKIL), a learning application and educational technology company.
Sarah holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Economics. Sarah brings a wealth of legal experience and executive leadership know-how to Red Robin. Sarah lives in Denver with her husband and their two young children. Sarah and her family enjoy time in the mountains, skiing, and cheering on the kids’ soccer games and mastering the monkey bars.
Sarah’s favorite Red Robin menu item is the Smoke and Pepper Burger and the Bottomless Fries.