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Aylwin has been Chief Executive Officer and President at Potbelly Corporation since June 2008. He has served as Chairman since October 2013 and has over 30 years of restaurant (COO of Yum! Brands) and retail experience (CEO of Sears and Kmart).  

He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company serving since 2004, and the Board of Directors of Marriott International serving since September 2016. Aylwin is also on the Board of Directors at the University of Houston Bauer College of Business and serves as a trustee of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He previously served on the Starwood Hotels and Resorts Board from 2013-2016 and the Halliburton Board from 2001-2005.

Prior to Potbelly, Aylwin served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Sears Holdings Corporation. Before assuming this role – following Sears’ acquisition of Kmart Holding Corporation in 2005 – Aylwin was President of Sears Holdings and Chief Executive Officer of Kmart and Sears Retail.

From January 2003 to October 2004, he was the President, Chief Multi-Branding and Operating Officer of Yum! Brands, Inc. and served as Chief Operating Officer of Yum! Brands from December 1999 to January 2003.

Aylwin holds the following academic degrees: BA in English (‘76), BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management ('76), and an MBA ('90)—all from the University of Houston. He also received a master's degree from Houston Baptist University. He is a proud product of the Houston public school system.

Mr. Bassi has served as our lead director since February 2016 and as a director since January 2009. Mr. Bassi retired in 2005 as Chairman of Yum! Restaurants International ("YRI"), the international division of Yum! Brands, Inc., where he served as President beginning in July 1997 and was in charge of YRI's Asian business prior to that. Yum! was created in 1997 in a spin-off from PepsiCo, Inc. Mr. Bassi joined PepsiCo in 1972 and served in various assignments at Pepsi Cola International, Pizza Hut (U.S. and International), Frito Lay and Taco Bell.

Ms. Campbell has served as our director since August 2014. Ms. Campbell is Executive Vice President – U.S. Stores for The Home Depot. She has spent her career at The Home Depot, steadfastly progressing from associate to district manager to vice president prior to assuming her current role.

Ms. Chapman-Hughes has served as our director since May 2014. Ms. Chapman-Hughes is Senior Vice President, U.S. Account Development Global Corporate Payments for American Express Company. She has been with American Express since 2010 and prior to that, she worked at Citigroup, Inc. as Global CAO/Global Head of Operations and Strategy, Citi Realty Services.

Mr. Ginsberg has served as our director since February 2014. Mr. Ginsberg is Special Advisor to the Founders of Dermalogica, a U.S.-based skincare brand, and has a comprehensive background in branding strategy, marketing, and advertising. His previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of Red Bull, NA until 2007. Before his Red Bull years, Mr. Ginsberg had been an advertising and marketing executive who held executive positions at agencies such as NW Ayer and Cunningham & Walsh and Chief Marketing Officer at Hardee's. Our Board of Directors believes Mr. Ginsberg's qualifications to serve as a member of our board include his extensive executive officer experience as well as his marketing expertise.

Ms. Gottschalk has served as our director since November 2009. Ms. Gottschalk has served as Chief Executive Officer of The Pampered Chef Ltd., a marketer of kitchen tools, food products and cookbooks for preparing food in the home, since May 2006 and as its President and Chief Operating Officer since December 2003. She joined Pampered Chef from Kraft Foods, Inc., where she worked for 14 years in various management positions, including as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Investor Relations for Kraft, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Post Cereal Division and Vice President of Marketing and Strategy of Kraft Cheese Division.

Mr. Kanter has served as our director since August 2015. Since March 2012, Mr. Kanter has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Blue Nile, Inc., an online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry. Prior to joining Blue Nile, from January 2009 through March 2012, he was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Moosejaw Mountaineering and Backcountry Travel, Inc., a premium outdoor apparel and gear retailer.

Mr. Warschausky has served as our director since May 2015. Since January 2013, Mr. Warschausky has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of World Kitchen, LLC, a global housewares and consumer products manufacturer. He has been with World Kitchen, LLC since 2008, serving in various roles including Chief Operating Officer, President of the North America division, and Chief Financial Officer.