Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a casual dining restaurant chain focused on serving gourmet burgers, announced Wednesday the appointment of Cathy Cooney as senior vice president and chief people officer. Cooney will be responsible for leading the development and execution of human resource (HR) strategies that will drive engagement, build strength and capabilities across functions and create a best in class restaurant organization that will consistently advance the company's business goals.
Cooney brings to Red Robin nearly three decades of HR experience, with a career that includes HR leadership roles in a number of industries including consumer brands, food distribution, healthcare and energy.
Before joining Red Robin, Cooney served as executive vice president of Human Resources for Carefusion. Prior to her 14-year career in the healthcare industry, Cooney served in several HR roles of increasing responsibility over an eight-year span for Pepsico, Inc., including senior director of Human Resources for Pepsico Food Systems and benefits leader for Frito-Lay, Inc.
Cooney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.
There currently are 478 Red Robin locations across the United States and Canada. The restaurant chain was founded in 1969.