Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. today announced that Jody Bilney has been appointed as an independent member of its Board of Directors. With her appointment, the Board will be comprised of seven members, five of whom are independent.

Steve Hislop, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chuy’s, stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Jody to the Board. Her experience leading marketing and business strategy for consumer-focused, category-leading brands will not only add to our Board’s depth of expertise, but will also be integral in differentiating the guest experience at Chuy’s.”

Jody Bilney comments, “I’ve long considered Chuy’s to be one of the most unique brands in the restaurant industry with its made-from-scratch food and drink offerings and appealing atmosphere. I’m looking forward to joining the Board and helping the Chuy’s team realize the growth opportunity ahead.”

Ms. Bilney is an accomplished executive with a track record of driving brand transformation and business strategy. Most recently, she served as the Chief Consumer Officer of Humana, Inc., where she led its transformation into a consumer-driven health enterprise across brand development, marketing, the consumer experience, digital, consumer analytics and corporate reputation enhancement. She also was responsible for the company’s Wellness Solutions business. Prior to Humana, Ms. Bilney served as Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer for Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., an upscale-casual dining restaurant company with Outback Steakhouse as its flagship chain.

There she headed various departments including brand and business strategy, marketing, corporate communications and business development across the enterprise. She was also a key member of the management team that positioned the company for a successful IPO in 2012. Prior to Bloomin’ Brands, she held senior executive positions at Charles Schwab and Verizon, where she led consumer-focused brand-transformation initiatives. Ms. Bilney is a member of the Board of Directors of Masonite, Inc., United Planet Fitness, and Confluent Health. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, with a minor in Marketing, from Clemson University.

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