Famous Dave's of America, Inc. announced that it has elected Ed Rensi to its board of directors effective January 10.

Ed Rensi spent most of his career at McDonald's rising to president & CEO of McDonald's U.S.A., a position he held from 1991–1997. He founded Tom & Eddies restaurant chain. Mr. Rensi also started and owned Team Rensi Motorsports, which competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He currently serves on the board of directors of Snap-On Incorporated. He has served on the board of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., International Speedway Corporation and Freedom Group, Inc. Mr. Rensi earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University.

Dean Riesen, Famous Dave's chairman, says, "We are very pleased to have Ed join our board of directors. He brings vast experience in the restaurant industry and significant board experience as well. We believe Ed will be a very important addition to our team and will help us achieve the goals we have set for Famous Dave's."

John Gilbert, Famous Dave's CEO, says, "As a CEO with a strong brand background, I am delighted that Ed has agreed to join our board. I think he complements my skills perfectly and we will benefit greatly from his extensive leadership experience with the world's largest restaurant brand."

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