First Watch Restaurant Group, Inc., the leading Daytime Dining concept with more than 440 restaurants nationwide, announced today the appointment of Stephanie Lilak, Chief People Officer of Bumble Inc., to its Board of Directors, effective June 17, 2022. Lilak will serve as a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board. 

“We are pleased to welcome Stephanie Lilak to the First Watch Board,” says Ralph Alvarez, chairman of the Board of Directors of First Watch. “Stephanie’s deep human resources experience in the food and restaurant industry will be invaluable to First Watch as we grow our business and further develop our ‘You First’ culture.”

Lilak, 53, serves as the Chief People Officer at Bumble Inc., the parent company that operates Bumble, Badoo and Fruitz, three of the world’s most popular dating and connection apps. In her role, Lilak oversees Bumble Inc.’s human resources strategy, including learning and development, DEI, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and employee experience. She also works in partnership with leaders across the organization to help build a healthy and empowering work environment where all employees can grow and thrive. Prior to joining Bumble Inc., she served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Dunkin’ Brands, where she developed and led global HR strategy encompassing the full employee life cycle and experience and previously spent over 23 years in leadership positions as an HR executive at General Mills.

“I am excited to work with First Watch as a member of its Board and bring my experience to provide strategic insights and perspective, especially as the Company continues to grow and further its remarkable people-centric culture,” says Lilak. “First Watch’s people-first approach empowers and puts team members at the heart of all it does. This mission is uniquely powerful and speaks to the core values of the brand that I am proud to be a part of.”

Lilak joins fellow Board of Directors members Ralph Alvarez, Julie Bradley, Tricia Glynn, William Kussell, Kenneth L. Pendery, Jr., Lisa Price, Chris Tomasso and Michael White. 

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