Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
David Overton has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Cheesecake Factory since its incorporation in 1992. Mr. Overton co-founded the Company with his parents, Evelyn and Oscar Overton. Mr. Overton created the namesake concept and opened the first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in 1978 in Beverly Hills, California. He grew The Cheesecake Factory® into an international brand and created two other concepts, Grand Lux Café® and RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen®(formerly known as Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen®). He also is facilitating the creation of a new fast casual concept. Under Mr. Overton’s leadership, revenues reached $2.3 billion in 2017, with The Cheesecake Factory leading the casual dining industry in average annual sales per restaurant of $10.6 million in fiscal 2017. Among Mr. Overton’s many professional honors, he has received the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association “Silver Plate Award,” recognizing the most outstanding and innovative talent in foodservice operations; the “Executive of the Year Award” from Restaurants & Institutions Magazine; the “MenuMasters Hall of Fame Award” and “Golden Chain Award” from Nation’s Restaurant News, for his outstanding contributions to menu design and foodservice research and development; the “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the Food Services category for the Los Angeles region by Ernst & Young, for his demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, performance and personal commitment to The Cheesecake Factory and the communities the restaurants serve; and the “Leadership Roundtable Industry Leadership Award.” Mr. Overton is also one of the founding members and directors of The Cheesecake Factory Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation (“Foundation”), a 501(c)(3) qualified, non-profit charitable organization which raises funds for a variety of worthy causes and provides a means for the Company’s approximately 39,100 staff members to perform charitable work in their communities.
David M. Gordon
David Gordon was appointed President of the Company in February 2013. Mr. Gordon joined the Company in 1993 as a Manager and held operational positions including General Manager, Area Director of Operations, Regional Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, prior to his appointment as President.
Matthew E. Clark
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Matt Clark was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2017. Prior to this role, as Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy, Mr. Clark oversaw the strategy, planning, treasury and risk management functions at the Company. He also supported investor relations as well as corporate governance during his tenure, and most recently led the Company’s minority investment in two external, high-growth restaurant brands. Earlier in his career, he held a number of finance positions of increasing responsibility at Groupe Danone, Kinko’s and The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Clark received an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Debby R. Zurzolo
Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Debby Zurzolo joined the Company as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 1999 and was appointed to her current position in 2003. From 1982 until joining the Company, she practiced real estate and business law at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP in Los Angeles, California. As a partner with that firm, Ms. Zurzolo represented The Cheesecake Factory on various real estate and other business matters.
Max S. Byfuglin
President, The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated
Max Byfuglin joined The Cheesecake Factory's bakery operations in 1982 and worked closely with the Company's founders, serving in nearly every capacity in our bakery operations over the past 35 years.