Dean Cookson

Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer

Dean Cookson is responsible for the information technology organization at Red Robin, including operational technology platforms and applications, network and infrastructure, security operations and the ePMO. A technology industry veteran, Dean brings over 25 years of leadership experience in the .com and internet infrastructure fields.


Before joining Red Robin, Dean served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Virgin American airlines. He led the airline’s strategic technology initiatives, including the implementation of new reservation and operational platforms. Prior to this role, he served in a variety of information technology leadership roles, demonstrating success with building large scale systems and enabling business transformation through technology.


Dean studied physics and computer engineering at Case Western Reserve University and attended Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. He and his wife relocated to Denver from the Bay area with their two sons, two cats and a dog. In his spare time, Dean enjoys putting his pilot’s license to use and catching the latest Game of Thrones episode.


Dean’s favorite Red Robin burger is the MadLove burger.