Steakhouse restaurant chain Ruth’s Chris has named Cheryl Henry as its president and chief executive officer (CEO).

Henry will assume her new role at the US-based chain and will also be appointed to the board of directors from 10 August this year.

Currently serving as president and chief operating officer, Henry succeeds the company’s current CEO Michael O’Donnell who will serve as the company’s executive chairman.

“We have the team in place and a winning strategy, so our goal from here is continued operational execution.”

O’Donnell said: “Cheryl’s appointment as chief executive officer is the culmination of a multi-year succession planning process. Her experience and success managing virtually all aspects of our business over the last decade uniquely qualifies her for the position.

“We are highly confident that her proven leadership abilities, combined with a world class team and strong business foundation, will continue to create long term value for all our stakeholders.”

In June 2007, Henry started her career with the company and served in various departments. These include culinary, beverage, brand marketing, real estate development, human resources and information technology, overseeing daily field operations.

Henry said: “I’m excited to build on our last decade of work and further expand the Ruth’s Chris brand. We have the team in place and a winning strategy, so our goal from here is continued operational execution, the centrepiece of which is a strong and positive brand connection with each and every guest.”

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Headquartered in Orleans, Louisiana, Ruth’s Hospitality Group operates Ruth’s Chris Steak House and more than 150 restaurant locations around the world.