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Ruby Tuesday hires new President and CEO

1:10 PM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
JJ Buettgen. Photo by Darden Concepts, Inc.
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Maryville-based Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has hired a new President and Chief Executive Officer.

JJ Buettgen joins Ruby Tuesday from his most recent role as Chief Marketing Officer of Darden Restaurants, Inc.  He replaces restaurant founder Sandy Beall as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

Lead Director Matt Drapkin said, "The Board of Directors is confident that JJ's proven track record at Darden makes him the right leader for Ruby Tuesday. We have tremendous opportunity ahead of us and JJ's strategic thinking and brand marketing experience in the restaurant industry will be very valuable as we look to build upon our current momentum in order to drive future growth and value."

Mr. Buettgen added, "It is an honor to lead Ruby Tuesday and I am excited to join the Company and work with the seasoned management team and dedicated team members to create value for our shareholders. I believe this will be an exciting period of growth for the Company and I am eager to begin."

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