Saed joined Bob Evans Farms, Inc. in January 2016 as president and chief executive officer. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.
Saed has more than 30 years of management experience in the restaurant industry. Prior to joining Bob Evans, he served as chief executive officer and director of Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc., the parent company of the Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Bon Vie Bistro, and Brio Tuscan Grille restaurant chains, from 2007 to 2015. Saed held the additional role of president from 2009 to 2014.
Prior to joining Bravo Brio, Saed was chief executive officer at McCormick& Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc., an upscale steak and seafood restaurant chain, from 2000 to 2007 and a director from 2004 to 2007.
Saed studied computer science and business at Portland State University and the University of Oregon.
Doug was appointed as Executive Chair of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. in August 2015 to serve as the interim chief executive officer and then as an executive officer of the company upon the appointment of the new chief executive officer in January 2016. He has also been a member of the Bob Evans Farms board of directors since September 2014.
Among other senior leadership roles in his more than 25 years in the restaurant industry, Doug serves as president and chief executive officer of DNB Advisors, LLC, a restaurant industry consulting firm that he started in 2006. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer for Arby’s Restaurant Group, a chain of 3,500 restaurants, where he led the turnaround of the $3 billion quick-service concept, and was chief financial officer and a director of RTM Restaurant Group, Inc., the largest Arby’s franchisee.
He serves on the boards of several public companies, including Global Income Trust, Inc. and American Home 4 Rent. He has also served on the board of directors of several public restaurant companies, including O’Charley’s Inc., from 2008 until its sale in 2012, and Sonic Corporation from 2009 to 2014.
Doug is a certified public accountant and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of West Florida.
Mark joined Bob Evans Farms, Inc. as chief financial officer in June 2014. He also served as co-chief executive officer from December 2014 to September 2015. In September 2015 he was appointed to the additional position of chief administrative officer of Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
Before joining Bob Evans, Mark was an independent business consultant from 2012 to 2014, and served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Caleres, Inc. (formerly Brown Shoe Company, Inc.), a $2.6 billion global footwear company, from 2006 to 2012.
He is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor of science in accounting and economics from Iowa State University.
Mike Townsley joined Bob Evans Farms, Inc. as president and chief operating officer of Owens Foods, Inc. (formerly Owens Country Sausage) in June 2003. Mike was appointed president of BEF Foods, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms, Inc., in June 2008. He also served as co-chief executive officer from December 2014 to September 2015.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since December 2014; Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since May 2012; General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer from February 2008 to May 2012, O’Charley’s Inc.; and Senior Corporate Counsel from April 2006 to January 2008, O'Charley's Inc.
John Fisher joined Bob Evans Farms, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms, Inc., as senior vice president and chief concept officer in November 2013. He was promoted to executive vice president in February 2015.
Prior to joining Bob Evans, John was senior vice president of marketing, merchandising and restaurant operations at The Pantry, a publicly traded convenience store chain, from 2010 to 2013. His prior experience also includes serving as executive vice president and general manager of The Linbeck Group, a technology-driven building construction firm, from 2003 to 2009.
John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.