Doug Brooks is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Brinker International. Brinker brands include Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy.
Doug earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston in 1975.
He joined Chili’s in February 1978 as a manager at the company’s original location on Greenville Avenue in Dallas. He rose through the ranks at Chili’s, holding numerous positions including General Manager, Area Director and Regional Vice President. Doug was named President of the brand in 1994. In January 1999, he was promoted to President and COO of Brinker International. CEO and Chairman of the Board were added to his title and responsibilities in 2004.
Doug also serves on the board of directors for Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Limbs for Life Foundation, Kenny Can Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Dallas Citizens Council, AT&T Performing Arts Center and on the professional advisory board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Outside of the restaurant business and his community activities, Doug spends his time with his wife of more than 30 years, Holly, and their two adult sons, Taylor and Kyle.