Chili’s Grill & Bar Names George Felix New Chief Marketing Officer



George Felix
George Felix

Marketing Maven and Award-Winning Leader to Focus on Growing Core Business

Chili's Grill & Bar Names George Felix New Chief Marketing OfficerDallas, TX  (Restaurant News Release)  Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) has announced that George Felix will join the company as Chief Marketing Officer to provide overall vision, leadership, strategy and execution of all marketing programs and initiatives for Chili’s® Grill & Bar. With a reputation for building and repositioning brands, Felix has a track record of success taking legacy brands and making them exciting again. His marketing career has taken him from Procter & Gamble to Yum! Brands to Tinder.

During his time at P&G, Felix focused on brand management, mobile strategy and innovation, and led award-winning advertising campaigns, including the famous “Smell Like a Man” brand relaunch for Old Spice. While at Yum! Brands, he served as Director of Marketing for KFC and CMO for Pizza Hut, where he helped lead and launch campaigns – including KFC’s “Return of Colonel Sanders” and Pizza Hut’s “Newstalgia” campaign. Both campaigns modernized the brands and drove sustained sales growth. Felix most recently was CMO at Tinder, where he led the development of the company’s new global brand positioning and redefined its mission statement.

“George has a track record of driving sales quickly and rebuilding big brands over time,” said Kevin Hochman, President and CEO of Brinker. “He is also a servant leader with a focus on growing people – which makes him a perfect fit for our Chili’s culture. I am confident George will bring a fresh perspective to serving our Guests and our Team Members.”

Felix will begin his new role on Thursday, July 21.

“Chili’s is such an iconic brand that’s not only culturally relevant, but also known for its irreverent approach to advertising and marketing,” Felix said. “I’m excited to lean on my brand positioning and advertising experience to find new opportunities for building momentum and accelerating growth for this great brand.”

In 2018, Ad Age named Felix its “Brand Marketer of the Year” and in 2016 he made the outlet’s 40 Under 40 list. During his career, he has been at the helm of several award-winning campaigns including 14 Cannes Lions, four Effies and an Emmy for Best Commercial.

During Felix’s tenure with the brand, KFC was also named to Ad Age’s 2016 Marketer A-List as one of the top 10 brands of the year.

About Chili’s® Grill & Bar

Hi, welcome to Chili’s! We’re a leader in the casual dining industry and the flagship brand of Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT). We’re known for our big mouth burgers, Texas-sized ribs, full-on sizzling fajitas and hand-shaken margaritas. We take our food seriously — but not ourselves — because dining out should feel like a celebration even if there is nothing to celebrate. Our passion is making every Guest feel special, and every day, our ChiliHeads make it their job to spread #ChilisLove across our more than 1,600 restaurants in 29 countries and two territories. And Chili’s cares. We host local Give Back Events to support kids, education and hunger and have raised more than $88 million benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® through generous guest donations.  Find more information about us at chilis.com, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, like us on Facebook @Chilis or join us on TikTok @chilisofficial.