Guy Constant has resigned as chief financial officer of Brinker International Inc., effective immediately, the company announced Thursday along with other executive changes.

The Dallas-based parent to the casual-dining Chili’s Grill & Bar chain said in a news release that Marie Perry, Brinker’s senior vice president, treasurer and controller, would serve as interim CFO until the company named a permanent successor.

“Brinker is well-positioned to meet the strategic goals we put in place, so this was the appropriate time for me to make this decision,” Constant said in a news release. “I am confident in Brinker's future and look forward to my next opportunity.”


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Constant, who also served as executive vice president and president of Brinker’s global business development, had been with Brinker for nine years. He did not give a reason for the resignation.

“We remain committed to pursuing the solid business strategy we laid out four years ago and are confident in Marie's skills and talents to oversee the continued financial health of the company,” Wyman Roberts, Brinker’s chief executive and president, said in a statement.

Constant joined Brinker in 2004 as senior director of compensation. He held several positions in the company before being named CFO in 2010. Before joining Brinker, he held positions in finance, revenue management and executive compensation at American Airlines.

Brinker also announced on Thursday that Kelli Valade has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer for Chili’s and will now oversee all operations for the chain. Roberts will continue to serve as president of the Chili’s brand.

Jeffrey Hoban has also been named senior vice president and general counsel for Brinker. Roger Thomson will continue to serve as corporate secretary of the company.

Brinker International owns and franchises 1,602 restaurants, including 1,557 Chili’s units and 45 Maggiano's Little Italy units.

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