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    7-Eleven's DePinto Appointed to Brinker International Board

    Casual dining operator operates more than 15,000 restaurants.

    DALLAS -- Casual dining restaurateur Brinker International Inc. elected Joseph M. DePinto, president and CEO of 7-Eleven Inc., to its board of directors.

    DePinto leads the largest and most recognized convenience store operator, which operates, franchises and licenses more than 38,400 stores worldwide, with some 8,200 stores in North America.

    "Joe DePinto is a visionary leader who brings with him vast knowledge of the operations-driven hospitality and retail industry," said Doug Brooks, president, CEO and chairman of the board for Brinker International. "We are pleased to welcome Joe, as his experience growing a global retailer into a strong brand will bring a beneficial perspective to our board."

    Previously, DePinto served in other executive roles at 7-Eleven Inc., as president of GameStop Corp. and as chief operating officer of Thornton Oil Inc. He also held several positions within PepsiCo's KFC Division.

    DePinto earned a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University. He also serves on the board of directors for 7-Eleven Inc. and OfficeMax Inc.

    Brinker International serves more than 1 million guests daily. The company owns or franchises more than 1,500 restaurants in 30 countries and two territories, and employs more than 100,000 people. Brinker's wholly owned restaurant brands include Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy. Brinker also holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill.

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