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Ruby Tuesday names former Einstein Noah exec a development officer

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Ruby Tuesday said it has appointed former Einstein Noah executive Mike Ellis chief development officer of the casual-dining chain.  

Ellis, who held the same title while at the Einstein Bros./Noahs Bagels parent, will spearhead growth of both company- and franchise-owned Ruby Tuesday units, the chain said. 

“Mike’s significant development experience coupled with his deep knowledge of the restaurant industry makes him uniquely qualified to help lead the expansion of the brand in new and existing markets,” JJ Buettgen, CEO of Ruby Tuesday, said in a statement. “He is a proven development leader who has successfully achieved significant growth for a wide range of national restaurant concepts, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Ruby Tuesday management team.”

Ellis’ career in the restaurant industry spans more than 30 years, Ruby Tuesday said. Prior to his time at Einstein Noah, he served as chief development officer at O’Charley’s and held a variety of roles at Burger King, Darden Restaurants and DF&R Restaurants. 

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