Paul Murphy has served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2017. Mr. Murphy previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., having held the positions since February of 2009. Previously, he held various roles with Einstein Noah Restaurant Group from 1996 to 2008, including President and Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until 2009. Mr. Murphy brings significant experience in both operational and executive leadership from his many years spent in the industry.
Bob Hartnett joined our board of directors and served as chairman from July 2016 until July 2017. He has over 40 years of restaurant industry experience. Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer for Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc., a position that he held from 2001 until successfully negotiating the sale of that company in 2015. During his tenure at Houlihan’s, Mr. Hartnett successfully re-invented and revitalized the Houlihan’s brand. Prior to joining Houlihan’s, Mr. Hartnett served as President, CEO and Chairman of Einstein/Noah Bagel Inc., a publicly traded company with more than 500 Einstein Bros. and Noah’s New York Bagels restaurants across 27 states. In addition, he has owned and operated Einstein Bros. and Boston Market franchise restaurants and has served as President of Bennigan’s Restaurants, a multi-unit casual dining operator. Bob brings to our board a wealth of experience in restaurant operations and restaurant brand development.
Dave Boennighausen became our Chief Executive Officer in June 2017, having served as interim Chief Executive Officer since July 2016. Mr. Boennighausen served as Chief Financial Officer from July 2012 until June 2017 and became a member of board of directors in August 2015. Mr. Boennighausen has been with the Company since 2004, and served as our Vice President of Finance from October 2007 to March 2011, and as our Executive Vice President of Finance from April 2011 to February 2012. He began his career with May Department Stores. He received a BS in Finance and Marketing from Truman State University and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Scott Dahnke has been a member of our board of directors since September 2011. Mr. Dahnke has been a Managing Partner of L Catterton for the last decade, and has a broad range of business experience in private equity, consulting, management and finance. Prior to joining L Catterton, he was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Capital Partners and at AEA Investors, where he led AEA's consumer products investing efforts. Previously, Mr. Dahnke was the Chief Executive Officer of infoUSA, a leading publicly traded provider of business and consumer marketing products and services. Prior to joining infoUSA, Mr. Dahnke served clients on an array of strategic and operational issues as a Partner at McKinsey & Company. His early career also includes experience in the Merger Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and with General Motors. Mr. Dahnke received a BS, magna cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He also received academic honors while earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Dahnke brings expertise in the retail and consumer industry from previous business experience.
François Dufresne has been a member of our board of directors since March 2016 and joined PSPIB as a Senior Director, Private Equity in January 2016. From August 2013 to March 2015, he was Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer at Ovivo Inc., a Montréal-based company listed on the TSE that designs and delivers conventional to highly technological water treatment solutions for industrial and municipal markets around the world. From 2002 to June 2013, Mr. Dufresne was a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP in Canada. From 1997 to 2002, he was Vice President, Corporate Development at Telesystem International Wireless Inc., a Montréal-based company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange and on the Toronto Stock Exchange "the TSE" that operated wireless voice and data networks in several markets outside of North America, including Brazil, the Czech Republic and Romania. Prior to that, Mr. Dufresne spent 11 years at Arthur Andersen in Canada, the last four years as a Partner. He holds a law degree (LL.B., 1982) from Université Laval and a master’s degree in taxation (M.Fisc., 1987) from Université de Sherbrooke. Mr. Dufresne brings to our Board of Directors public company and international experience, as well as overall financial, corporate and strategic development experience.
Jeffrey Jones has been a member of our Board of Directors since September 2013. Mr. Jones is the former Chief Financial Officer for Vail Resorts, Inc., where he was also a member of the Board of Directors, from 2003 through 2012, and President of Lodging, Retail and Real Estate. Mr. Jones is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, where he chairs the Audit and Finance Committee, Summit Hotel Properties, Inc., where he is the lead independent director, chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. He is also a member of the US Bank Advisory Board and is Executive in Residence at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining Vail Resorts, Mr. Jones held CFO positions with Clark Retail Enterprises and Lids Corporation. Mr. Jones received a BA in Accounting and American Studies from Mercyhurst College and is a member of the AICPA. Mr. Jones provides our board with significant public company experience in financial positions including significant audit committee roles, as well as overall financial, operations and strategic development experience.
Thomas E. Lynch joined our Board of Directors in April 2017. Since January 2005, Mr. Lynch has served as the Senior Managing Director of Mill Road Capital Management LLC, a private equity firm he founded that is headquartered in Connecticut. Mr. Lynch previously founded and was a managing director of the private equity firm Lazard Capital Partners. He also was previously employed as a Managing Director of private equity at the Blackstone Group and as a senior consultant at the Monitor Company, a strategic consulting firm. Mr. Lynch's extensive experience as a director includes currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., a privately held restaurant company controlled by Mill Road and as a director of Panera Bread Company. He previously served as a director of Physicians Formula Holdings, Inc., a public cosmetics company and has also served on numerous other private and not-for-profit boards of directors. Mr. Lynch earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Political Economy and Philosophy from Williams College, a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University. Mr. Lynch brings to our Board of Directors significant experience in the fast casual segment of the restaurant industry, including public company experience.
Andrew Taub has been a member of our board of directors since December 2010. Mr. Taub is a Partner at L Catterton. He joined L Catterton in 1996 and has previously served as a Vice President and Principal prior to becoming a Partner in the firm. Mr. Taub has helped capitalize and grow over a dozen consumer companies including restaurants, retail, food and beverage and marketing services. Prior to joining L Catterton, he spent three years as Vice President of Nantucket Holding Company, a merchant bank specializing in the acquisition and management of troubled companies, as well as the consolidation of fragmented industries. Previously he worked in Mergers and Acquisitions at Dean Witter Reynolds and Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Taub received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Mr. Taub brings expertise in the retail and consumer industry from previous business experience.