RESTAURANT GROUP NAMES MARKETING EXEC

J.J. Buettgen to Direct Ad Efforts for Chili's, Big Bowl Asian Kitchen

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CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Brinker International, Dallas, named J.J. Buettgen senior vice president of marketing and brand development, a new post.

Mr. Buettgen, 42, will direct marketing for Brinker's eight casual dining brands, including Chili's Grill & Bar, Romano's Macaroni Grill, and Big Bowl Asian Kitchen.

He will report to Starlette Johnson, executive vice president and chief strategic officer, while Brinker's corporate communications and strategic research groups will report to Mr. Buettgen.

Mr. Buettgen had been senior vice president of marketing and sales for Walt Disney Co.'s Disneyland Resort. He earlier was senior vice president of marketing for Darden Restaurants' Olive Garden.

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