Board of Directors

W. Kent Taylor, CEO, Chairman of the Company and Board

Mr. Taylor resumed his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in August 2011, a position he previously served between May 2000 and October 2004. Kent is the founder of Texas Roadhouse and was named Chairman of the Company and Board in October 2004. Before his founding of our concept, he founded and co-owned Buckhead Bar and Grill in Louisville, Kentucky. He has over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

James R. Zarley

Mr. Zarley is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Conversant, Inc. (formerly ValueClick, Inc.), a single-source provider of media, technology and services across major interactive marketing channels. From 1999 until his retirement in March 2013, Mr. Zarley held numerous positions with ValueClick, Inc. including serving as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Before joining ValueClick, Inc., from April 1987 to December 1996, Mr. Zarley was Chief Executive Officer of Quantech Investments, an information services company. From December 1996 to May 1998, Mr. Zarley was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Best Internet until its merger with Hiway Technologies, a Web hosting company, in May 1998. From May 1998 to January 1999, Mr. Zarley was the Chief Operating Officer of Hiway Technologies until its merger with Internet service provider, Verio, Inc.

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Member of the Compensation Committee

James F. Parker

Mr. Parker served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Southwest Airlines Co. from June 2001 through July 2004. Before serving at Southwest as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Parker served as General Counsel of that company from 1986 until June 2001, and was previously a shareholder in the San Antonio, Texas law firm of Oppenheimer, Rosenberg, Kelleher and Wheatley.

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Chair of the Compensation Committee

Gregory N. Moore

Mr. Moore served as the Senior Vice President and Controller of Yum! Brands, Inc. through April 2005. Prior to becoming Yum's Controller, Mr. Moore was the Vice President and General Auditor of Yum. Before that, he was with PepsiCo, Inc. and held the position of Vice President, Controller of Taco Bell and Controller of PepsiCo Wines & Spirits International, a division of PepsiCola International. Before joining PepsiCo, he was an Audit Manager with Arthur Young & Company in its New York City and Stamford, Connecticut offices. Mr. Moore is a CPA in the States of New York and California.

Chair of the Audit Committee

Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Member of the Compensation Committee

Kathleen M. Widmer

Ms. Widmer was appointed President of the Johnson & Johnson Consumer OTC division, which provides healthcare solutions through well-known and trusted over the counter medicines and products, including Tylenol®, Zyrtec®, Motrin®, Pepcid®, Sudafed®, Benadryl® and Imodium®, in August 2015. She was previously with Johnson & Johnson for 21 years, until 2009, where she held numerous positions, including serving as Vice President, Marketing, McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Prior to re-joining Johnson & Johnson, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Elizabeth Arden, Inc. from 2009 to 2015, and was responsible for the global growth strategy and marketing execution of the Elizabeth Arden Brand as well as the company's extensive portfolio of fragrances. She is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. and served for five years as a U.S. Army officer. She held positions of increasing responsibility in the Field Artillery, reaching the rank of Captain and Battery Commander of a 400-soldier training unit in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Member of the Compensation Committee

Curtis Warfield

Mr. Warfield is currently the Chief Audit Executive for Anthem, Inc., the nation’s second largest health insurer. A CPA, Warfield has served in senior-level roles with three Fortune 100 companies, including Anthem, HCA, and Humana. Prior to his current role, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Windham Advisors, LLC, which is a management and strategic advisory firm. He also served as a senior executive at HCA, the largest healthcare provider in the country from 1997 to 2016 in a variety of roles. Warfield graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisville.

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