Chili’s president discusses company restructuring

January 27, 2017

Chili’s Grill & Bar’s recent restructuring and layoffs were approached with an eye to keeping the management staff close to the restaurants and guests, the brand president said Wednesday.

Kelli Valade, president of the Dallas-based Brinker International Inc. division since June, said the 1,606-unit casual-dining brand approached the restructuring to as a part of its ongoing evaluation of the business. 

Company executives, in releasing second-quarter earnings on Wednesday, said the reorganization had reduced its head count by 70. 

“It’s really about delivering what the guest wants, when the guest wants it and where the guest wants it,” Valade said later