Robert Hartnett has over 40 years of restaurant industry experience. He currently sits on the Noodles & Co Board of Directors and held the Chairman of the Board position from 2016 to 2017. Recently he served as CEO for Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc. (“Houlihan’s”), a national operator and franchisor of fine dining and casual dining restaurants, a position that he held from 2001 until successfully negotiating the sale of that company in 2015. During his tenure at Houlihan’s, Mr. Hartnett successfully reinvented and revitalized Houlihan’s brand. Prior to joining Houlihan’s, Mr. Hartnett served as President, CEO and Chairman of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc. (“Einstein’s”), a national operator and franchisor of fast casual bagel restaurants. In addition, he has owned and operated Einstein Bros. and Boston Market franchise restaurants and has served as President of Bennigan’s Restaurants, a multi-unit casual dining operator. Mr. Hartnett holds a BA in Accounting from Lamar University.