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Cathy Cooney

Cathy Cooney

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

Cathy Cooney leads the development and execution of human resource strategies that drive Red Robin Team Member engagement, grow individual and team talent, and build a culture of accountability that achieves best-in-class performance. Cathy brings to Red Robin nearly three decades of human resources experience, with a career that includes HR leadership roles in a number of industries including consumer brands, food distribution, healthcare and energy. Before joining the Red Robin team, Cathy served as executive vice president of Human Resources for Carefusion, spearheading global HR following the $4 billion medical technology company’s spinoff from Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 20 healthcare leader where she served as senior vice president of human resources, Clinical Technologies and Services. Prior to her 14-year career in the healthcare industry, Cooney served in several HR roles of increasing responsibility over an eight year-span for Pepsico, Inc., including senior director of Human Resources for Pepsico Food Systems and benefits leader for Frito-Lay, Inc.

Cathy currently serves on the board of L.H. Lacy Construction Company. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Missouri, in her hometown of Kansas City, Mo.  Cathy and her husband, Tom (also a Kansas City native), have two grown daughters. Cathy enjoys family, friends, golf, hiking and biking.

Her favorite Red Robin burger is the All-American Patty Melt.