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Investor RelationsBoard of Directors

Christopher K. Reilly
Christopher K. Reilly has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, LLC since July 2007, and as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since July 2014. He is a founding partner of KarpReilly, LLC. Prior to KarpReilly, Mr. Reilly was a partner at Apax Partners, L.P. Prior to Apax Partners, Mr. Reilly was a Partner at Saunders, Karp & Megrue, LLC. Mr. Reilly currently serves as a Director of Norcraft Companies, Inc. (NYSE: NCFT) and on the boards of a number of privately held companies. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Providence College. Mr. Reilly holds a B.S. from Providence College and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Because of Mr. Reilly’s substantial experience with portfolio companies and his private equity, financial and investment banking experience, we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Allan W. Karp
Allan W. Karp has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, LLC since July 2007, and as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since August 2014. He is a founding partner of KarpReilly, LLC. Prior to KarpReilly, Mr. Karp was the Co-Chief Executive Officer at Apax Partners, L.P. Prior to Apax Partners, Mr. Karp was a Co-Founder of Saunders, Karp & Megrue, LLC. Mr. Karp currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies. Mr. Karp holds a B.S. in Chemistry from University of California-Santa Cruz, and a M.S. in Management from M.I.T. Sloan School of Business. Because of Mr. Karp’s extensive experience with portfolio companies and his private equity, financial and investment banking experience, we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Ira Zecher
Ira Zecher has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since August 2014. Mr. Zecher is a managing member of ILZ, LLC, and is a director, audit committee chairman and compensation committee member of the board of Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CHUY) and a director, audit committee chairman and compensation committee member of the board of Norcraft Companies, Inc. (NYSE: NCFT). Prior to joining The Habit, Mr. Zecher was with Ernst & Young LLP, a registered public accounting firm, for over 36 years until his retirement as a partner in 2010. Mr. Zecher gained extensive experience in audits and transactions at Ernst & Young LLP, where he served as a partner in the Audit and Transaction Advisory Services groups in New York and as the director of the Far East Area Private Equity practice, based in Hong Kong. Mr. Zecher is a CPA and holds a B.A. in accounting from Queens College of the City University of New York. He also completed the Executive Program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He recently taught in the Graduate Accounting program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Because of Mr. Zecher’s broad accounting and financial experience, we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors.
A. William Allen, III
A. William Allen III has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since October 2014. Mr. Allen served as the CEO of OSI Restaurant partners (Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.) for five years until November 2009. He served as Chairman of the Bloomin Brands board of directors from November 2009 through December 2011. Since December 2011, Mr. Allen has acted as an investor, advisor and/or board member to a variety of established and early-stage growth companies, including Fleming’s, Il Fornaio/Corner Bakery, Bruxië and Hubworks. Prior to Bloomin’ Brands, Mr. Allen was Co-Founder of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Because of his extensive experience in the restaurant industry, we believe Mr. Allen is qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Russell W. Bendel
Russell W. Bendel was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of The Habit Restaurants, LLC in June 2008 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. in August 2014. He has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, LLC since August 2008, and has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since August 2014. Previously, Mr. Bendel was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Cheesecake Factory. Beginning in June 2001, Mr. Bendel worked at Mimi’s Café as Chief Executive Officer and President. He currently sits on the board of directors of the California Restaurant Association and on the board of advisors for the Collins School of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Florida International University.
Ira Fils
Ira Fils was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of The Habit Restaurants, LLC in August 2008 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. in August 2014. He has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since August 2014. Previously, Mr. Fils served as Chief Financial Officer of Mimi’s Café from 2005 to 2008, after joining the company as Vice President of Finance in 2003. From 1998 to 2003, he served in various financial capacities with increasing responsibility which led to him becoming Chief Financial Officer at Rubio’s Restaurants, Inc. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.
Joseph J. Kadow
Joseph J. Kadow has served as a director of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. since September 2015. Mr. Kadow is currently Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLMN). Mr. Kadow joined Bloomin’ Brands in 1994 as Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Bloomin’ Brands (f/k/a OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc.), Mr. Kadow was a partner in the Orlando, Florida office of the national law firm of Baker Hostetler. Mr. Kadow is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association and will serve as Chairman in 2016. Mr. Kadow graduated from the University of Scranton in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University in 1981.