Board Of Directors

  • Christopher Morris

    Chief Executive Officer
    Christopher Morris joined Dave & Buster’s on June 29, 2022 as CEO and a Board member.  Previously, Mr. Morris served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Main Event Entertainment, Inc. from March 2018 to June 2022.  Prior to this role, Mr. Morris was President of California Pizza Kitchen from June 2014 to March 2018; and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of On the Border from 2010 to 2014.  He was also Chief Financial Officer with CEC Entertainment, Inc. from 2004 to 2010.  Prior to that Mr. Morris was with NPC International, Inc. from 1999 to 2004; Applebee’s International, Inc. from 1996 to 1999; and Deloitte & Touche from 1992 to 1996.  Mr. Morris brings substantial hospitality, entertainment, leadership, strategic, operations, financial, investment and public company governance experience to the Company and to our Board of Directors.
    • Kevin M. Sheehan

      Chair of the Board

      Kevin M. Sheehan serves as Chair of the Dave & Buster’s Board since April 2021 and as a Director since October 2011. He served as Interim CEO of Dave & Buster’s from October 2021 through June 2022.  He previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games Corporation from August 2016 until June 2018. Mr. Sheehan served as Chief Executive Officer of NCL Corporation Ltd., a leading global cruise line operator (“Norwegian”), from November 2008 through January 2015, and added the role of President from August 2010 through January 2015. Before joining Norwegian, Mr. Sheehan was a consultant to private equity firms including Cerberus Capital Management LP and Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Prior to that, Mr. Sheehan spent nine years at Cendant Corporation, most recently serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its Vehicle Services Division (which included global responsibility for the Avis and Budget Rental Car brands, as well as PHH Corporation, a leading fleet management solutions provider and Wright Express, the leading fuel card solutions company). Mr. Sheehan serves on the Board of Directors, as Lead Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Compensation Committee of Gannett Co., Inc., a subscription-led and digitally focused media and marketing solutions company. In addition, Mr. Sheehan served on the Board of Directors of each Hertz Corporation through its emergence from Chapter 11 in July of 2021, Navistar International Corporation through its sale to Volkswagen in July of 2021, and Bob Evans Farms through the sale of its restaurant and food businesses respectively. Mr. Sheehan is a graduate of Hunter College and New York University Graduate School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant.  Mr. Sheehan brings substantial investment, financial, leadership, strategic, hospitality, global, consumer insights, marketing and gaming experience to our Board of Directors.

      Chairman of the Board
    • James Chambers

      Director

      James Chambers is a Partner at Hill Path Capital LP, where he has worked since 2016. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Chambers worked at Apollo Global Management, Inc. where he evaluated and executed a wide range of investments across a variety of industries, particularly in the out-of-home entertainment, leisure and hospitality sectors. Prior to Apollo Global Management, Inc., Mr. Chambers worked in the Consumer / Retail Group in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs & Co., Inc., where he advised consumer products, retail and restaurant companies on a variety of strategic and capital raising activities. Mr. Chambers currently serves on the board of directors of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:SEAS) and has previously served on the board of directors of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., CEC Entertainment (the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese’s and Peter Piper Pizza), Principal Maritime Tankers Corp. and Principal Chemical Carriers, LLC. Mr. Chambers graduated from Duke University in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Markets and Management. Mr. Chambers has served on our Board of Directors since December 2020. Mr. Chambers brings substantial strategic, investments, finance and governance experience to our Board of Directors.

    • Hamish A Dodds

      Director

      Mr. Dodds served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Hard Rock International, an owner, operator, and franchisor of restaurants, hotels, casinos, and live music venues in over seventy countries, from 2004 until 2017. Mr. Dodds previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of CabCorp, a fully integrated beverage company in Central America, and as division president for PepsiCo Beverages covering South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Mr. Dodds is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and has served in a variety of general management and financial positions for PepsiCo, The Burton Group (now Arcadia Group) in the United Kingdom, and Overseas Containers, Ltd. Mr. Dodds serves on the board of directors of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Mr. Dodds has served on our Board of Directors since April 2017. He brings substantial strategic, leadership, governance, finance, global, entertainment/gaming, consumer goods/food and beverage and operational experience to our Board of Directors.

    • Michael J. Griffith

      Director

      Michael J. Griffith served as President and Chief Executive Officer of EAT Club, Inc., the largest business-focused online lunch delivery company in the United States, from July 2016 until March 2018. Mr. Griffith served as Vice Chairman of Activision Blizzard, Inc., a worldwide online, personal computer, console, handheld, and mobile game publisher from March 2010 to August 2016. Previously, Mr. Griffith served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing, Inc., prior to its merging with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., from June 2005 to March 2010. Prior to joining Activision, Mr. Griffith served in a number of executive level positions at The Procter & Gamble Company from 1981 to 2005, including President of the Global Beverage Division from 2002 to 2005, Vice President and General Manager of Coffee Products from 1999 to 2002, and Vice President and General Manager of Fabric & Home Care—Japan and Korea and Fabric & Home Care Strategic Planning—Asia from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Griffith serves on the board of directors of Central Garden & Pet Company.  Mr. Griffith has served on our Board of Directors since October 2011. Mr. Griffith brings substantial leadership, strategic, financial, governance, marketing, e-commerce, amusements/gaming and consumer goods experience to our Board of Directors.

    • Gail Mandel

      Director
      Gail Mandel has served as Managing Director of Focused Point Ventures, LLC, a business advisory and consulting services organization, since 2019.  In addition, she currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the Board of PureStar, a provider of laundry services and linen management to the hospitality industry, and since 2020, as Board member of Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry.  From November 2014 to June 2018, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Destination Network (f/k/a Wyndham Exchange & Rentals), an operating division of Wyndham Worldwide and a provider of professionally managed, unique vacation accommodations.  Ms. Mandel served in executive management positions at Wyndham Worldwide including as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals (March 2014-November 2014) and Chief Financial Officer (January 2010-March 2014) of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals.  She held previous roles in finance and accounting at Cendant Corporation and HFS Incorporated.  Ms. Mandel joined our Board of Directors in April 2022, and brings skills in leadership, finance, strategy, hospitality, governance, operations and technology to our Board of Directors.
    • Atish Shah

      Director
      Atish Shah is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc., where he has worked since April 2016. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Shah worked at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he held various leadership positions including Senior Vice President and Interim CFO (2015-2016) and Senior Vice President, Strategy, FP&A, Investor Relations (2012-2016). Prior to Hyatt Hotels, Mr. Shah served as Senior Vice President – Portfolio Management at Lowe Enterprises.  From 1998 to 2007, Mr. Shah worked for Hilton Hotels Corporation in a variety of finance roles.  He began his career in the hospitality consulting practice of Coopers & Lybrand, LLP (n/k/a PwC).  Mr. Shah earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University and a B.S. with honors from Cornell University.  Mr. Shah brings his skills in leadership, finance, strategy, hospitality, governance, global, franchise and e-commerce to the Board. 
       
    • Jennifer Storms

      Director

      Ms. Storms has served as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Content Strategy for NBC Sports Group, a division of NBCUniversal since March 2019, having previously served from October 2015 to February 2019 as Chief Marketing Officer for NBC Sports Group. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President of Global Sports Marketing at PepsiCo, Inc. where she developed and implemented an integrated global sports strategy across PepsiCo’s entire portfolio, including 22 flagship global billion-dollar brands. Previous to that role, Ms. Storms led sports strategy and property management for PepsiCo-owned Gatorade, where she managed the brand’s relationship with five professional sports leagues, college programs nationwide and many high-profile individual athletes. Before joining PepsiCo in 2009, she served in various marketing and programming leadership positions at Turner Broadcasting Systems and Turner Sports. During her fourteen year tenure at Turner, Ms. Storms held a succession of positions that culminated with her role as Senior Vice President of Turner Sports Marketing & Programming. Ms. Storms has served on our Board of Directors since April 2016 and brings substantial sports marketing, leadership, strategic, consumer insights, global, and food and beverage experience to our Board of Directors.