Brinker Leadership Bios

Kelli Valade

Kelli Valade currently serves as Executive Vice President and President of Chili’s® Grill & Bar. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of domestic restaurant operations, marketing, franchising and PeopleWorks for the brand. 

Kelli has been with Brinker International since 1996, holding various positions including Director of Human Resources for On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina®, Vice President of Corporate Human Resources and Senior Vice President of PeopleWorks for Chili’s and On The Border and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Chili’s. In 2016, Kelli’s passion for operational excellence and deep understanding of the business led to her promotion to President of Chili’s. 

Prior to joining Brinker, Kelli worked for the Specialty Concepts Division of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide and as a Training and Recruiting Consultant for Dallas-based American Service Management Resources.

Active in several industry organizations, Kelli holds a seat on the founders board of the Multi-Cultural Food Service Hospitality Alliance, sits on the Advisory Board for People Report and Black Box Intelligence and is a member of Women’s Foodservice Forum. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association.

Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Binghamton University in upstate New York and an MBA from Syracuse University. She, along with her husband Don, and two children, Morgan and Christian, live in Allen, Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking Italian food, watching her children play basketball and traveling.

Awards and Honors
“Women Worth Watching in 2010” from Profiles in Diversity Journal
“2012 Women in Business Award” from Dallas Business Journal

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