Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. Appoints Ian R. Carter as Chairman of the Board

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, March 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:DFRG), the owner and operator of the Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Del Frisco's Grille restaurant concepts, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian R. Carter as Chairman of the Board, effective Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Mr. Carter has more than 25 years of experience working with luxury brands including Hilton Worldwide and Burberry Group. He assumes the position from Del Frisco's Chief Executive Mark Mednansky who had filled the role temporarily while the search for a permanent Chairman was conducted.

"Ian brings to Del Frisco's a very strong background in driving the strategic direction of industry-leading hospitality and luxury brands and we look forward to benefiting from his expertise as we grow our footprint, particularly in upscale-everyday dining," said Mark S. Mednansky, Chief Executive Officer of Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. "Ian's insights will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our position as the leader in contemporary, upscale and high-end dining, and I personally am pleased to gain back additional time to focus on the strategy and execution of our growth model."

"I am honored to be named Chairman of this great company and for the opportunity to work closely with the Board and management team to guide Del Frisco's Restaurant Group to the next level," commented Ian R. Carter, Chairman of the Board of Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. "I have long admired the top-notch experience and service that Del Frisco's offers every guest and I am delighted to be joining the Board at such an exciting time."

Mr. Carter is currently President, Global Development and Architecture for Hilton Worldwide and previously held other leadership positions with the company, including serving as Chief Executive Officer of Hilton International from 2005 to 2006. Previously, Mr. Carter served as an officer and President of Black & Decker Corporation from 2000 to 2005 and held managerial roles at General Electric earlier in his career. Mr. Carter is currently a Non-Executive Director of Burberry Group PLC and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He is a graduate of the University of West London, School of Business and Management, and received an honorary doctorate from the University for his industry accomplishments and ongoing support of the development of future hospitality leaders.

About Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc.

Based in Southlake, Texas, near Dallas, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. is a collection of 46 restaurants across 20 states and Washington, D.C., including Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Del Frisco's Grille. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House serves up flawless cuisine that's bold and delicious, an extensive award-winning wine list and a level of service that reminds guests that they're the boss. Sullivan's Steakhouse is a great neighborhood place for a big night out on the town - with outstanding food, hand-shaken martinis, an award winning wine list, and live entertainment all under one roof. Del Frisco's Grille is modern, inviting, stylish and fun, taking the classic bar and grill to new heights, and drawing inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients.

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