Aylwin B. Lewis



Aylwin B. Lewis

Former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Potbelly Corporation

Mr. Lewis served as Chairman, CEO and President of Potbelly Corporation, a franchisor of quick service restaurants, from June 2008 until his retirement in November 2017. From September 2005 to February 2008, Mr. Lewis was President and CEO of Sears Holdings Corporation, a nationwide retailer. Prior to being named CEO of Sears, Mr. Lewis was President of Sears Holdings and CEO of KMart and Sears Retail following Sears’ acquisition of Kmart Holding Corporation in March 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Lewis had been President and CEO of KMart since October 2004. Mr. Lewis was Chief Multi-Branding and Operating Officer of YUM! Brands, Inc., a franchisor and licensor of quick service restaurants including KFC, Long John Silvers, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and A&W, from 2003 until October 2004, Chief Operating Officer of YUM! Brands from 2000 until 2003 and Chief Operating Officer of Pizza Hut from 1996 to 1997. He has served on the board of directors of Voya Financial, Inc. since 2020, The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc. since 2021, and Caliber Collison since 2021. He previously served on the board of directors of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lewis previously served on the Starwood board of directors from 2013 to September 2016.

As a result of his numerous senior management positions at Yum! Brands, Kmart, Sears and Potbelly Corporation, Mr. Lewis brings to the Board, our Human Resources and Compensation Committee, which he chairs, our Audit Committee, and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which he will join after the Annual Meeting, significant leadership experience and expertise in corporate branding, marketing, franchising and management of complex global businesses.