Thomas Baldwin


Thomas J. Baldwin has been a director of the Company since February 2012. Mr. Baldwin has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Benihana since August 2016. He had been the past Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc. from December 2005 through February 2010. Mr. Baldwin served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of ROI Acquisition Corp. II from July 2013 through October 2015 and served as Vice Chairman of EveryWare Global, Inc. from May 2013 through June 2015 and earlier was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ROI Acquisition Corp. which merged with EveryWare Global in a May 2013 business combination, since September 2011. He also served as a Managing Director of the Clinton Group from September 2011 through October 2015. Mr. Baldwin had served as Chief Financial Officer while at Morton's Restaurant Group from December 1988 until December 2005. Mr. Baldwin held several additional titles including Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President Finance, Vice President Finance, Treasurer and Secretary during his employment at Morton's Restaurant Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Baldwin served as Chief Financial Officer for Le Peep Restaurants, a casual dining operator and franchisor. His experience also includes two years as a Vice President for Strategic Planning at Citigroup and seven years with General (Kraft) Foods Corp. Mr. Baldwin is currently on several private company boards, including Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Restaurants and serves on the board of directors of Zoe's Kitchen. Inc. Mr. Baldwin brings his comprehensive experience in brand positioning and brand management, general management, global strategy, operations, marketing and sales, people resources, investor relations, public relations, international and domestic development, franchising, as well as infrastructure functions to our Board. Mr. Baldwin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Iona College.