As Chili’s EVP and chief marketing and innovation officer, Steve Provost will now be responsible for marketing, culinary innovation and consumer insights for the burgers-and-margaritas chain, Brinker said.
Leadership of Maggiano’s has been split between COO and VP Genifer Grey and Chief Concept Officer Larry Konecny as Provost assumes his new roles, the casual-dining giant said. Brinker did not specify if the co-leadership setup is temporary or permanent.
Provost, a one-time speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush, has served in a variety of positions for a wide array of chains. His past positions have included CMO for Quiznos, SVP of franchising for KFC, and chief marketing and innovation officer for Long John Silver’s and A&W.
He has worked at Brinker for the last eight years.
Kelli Valade remains president and EVP of Chili's.