Corporate Governance- Management
J. Clifford HudsonChairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sonic Corp.
Clifford Hudson has served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board since January 2000 and Chief Executive Officer since April 1995. Mr. Hudson served as President of the Company from April 1995 to January 2000 and reassumed the position of President from November 2004 until May 2008 and again in April 2013 to the present. He has served in various other offices with the Company since 1984. Mr. Hudson has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation since January 2006 and on the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation from January 2001 until 2011, where he served as its Chairman from 2008 until 2011. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, the federally chartered organization which serves as the insurer of customer accounts with brokerage firms, from 1994 to 2001. In his more than 25 years with the Company, Mr. Hudson has gained meaningful leadership experience and quick-service restaurant knowledge. As CEO, he is responsible for determining the Company’s strategy and clearly articulating priorities as well as aligning and motivating the organization to execute effectively. These capabilities, combined with Mr. Hudson’s understanding of the Company and unwavering commitment to the Sonic brand, make him uniquely qualified to serve on the Board.
Holdings: 369,953 shares View Transactions Date Type Shares Traded Price Range Jan 14, 2015 Sell 190,000 31.55 - 31.58 Jan 7, 2015 Disposition (Non Open Market) 112,338 29.72 Jan 7, 2015 Option Execute 135,507 22.24 Jun 30, 2014 Disposition (Non Open Market) 58,990 22.08 Jun 30, 2014 Option Execute 60,078 21.14 - 21.65 Apr 16, 2014 Disposition (Non Open Market) 49,605 20.84 Apr 16, 2014 Option Execute 64,046 14.22 Mar 31, 2014 Sell 100,000 22.64 Mar 25, 2014 Disposition (Non Open Market) 91,585 23.23 Mar 25, 2014 Option Execute 93,500 22.54 Sep 23, 2013 Sell 63,000 18.10 Sep 20, 2013 Sell 107,000 18.42 Sep 19, 2013 Sell 130,000 18.59 - 18.70 Apr 9, 2013 Sell 51,698 12.39 Apr 9, 2013 Disposition (Non Open Market) 676 n/a Apr 9, 2013 Acquisition (Non Open Market) 676 n/a Apr 9, 2013 Option Execute 52,374 12.09 Apr 8, 2013 Sell 1,397 12.60 Apr 8, 2013 Option Execute 1,397 12.09 Apr 4, 2013 Sell 22,516 12.60 Apr 4, 2013 Option Execute 22,516 12.09 Jan 14, 2013 Disposition (Non Open Market) 4,257 10.95 Jan 14, 2013 Option Execute 11,881 n/a Jul 6, 2012 Sell 30,569 10.34 Jul 5, 2012 Sell 29,041 10.33 Jul 3, 2012 Sell 29,041 10.33 Jul 3, 2012 Disposition (Non Open Market) 2,500 n/a Jul 2, 2012 Sell 28,986 10.35 Jun 20, 2012 Disposition (Non Open Market) 4,800 n/a Jun 15, 2012 Disposition (Non Open Market) 38,000 n/a Apr 4, 2012 Disposition (Non Open Market) 25,000 n/a Jan 14, 2012 Disposition (Non Open Market) 4,294 6.71 Jan 14, 2012 Option Execute 11,880 n/a Oct 25, 2011 Acquisition (Non Open Market) 122,393 6.89 Mar 18, 2011 Disposition (Non Open Market) 83,181 8.86 Mar 18, 2011 Option Execute 94,845 7.36 Jan 14, 2011 Disposition (Non Open Market) 4,294 10.57 Jan 14, 2011 Option Execute 11,880 n/a Dec 7, 2010 Disposition (Non Open Market) 6,900 n/a Nov 11, 2010 Disposition (Non Open Market) 1,608 n/a Oct 20, 2010 Disposition (Non Open Market) 2,760 n/a Sep 13, 2010 Disposition (Non Open Market) 17,448 n/a Apr 20, 2010 Sell 66,700 12.25 Apr 20, 2010 Option Execute 108,489 5.71 Aug 5, 2009 Disposition (Non Open Market) 60,000 n/a Apr 28, 2009 Disposition (Non Open Market) 41,000 n/a Mar 26, 2009 Disposition (Non Open Market) 5,200 n/a Mar 3, 2009 Disposition (Non Open Market) 66,397 8.03 Mar 3, 2009 Option Execute 93,050 5.73 Dec 18, 2008 Disposition (Non Open Market) 11,000 n/a
Omar JanjuaChief Restaurant Operations Officer
Omar Janjua is chief restaurant operations officer of SONIC®, America's Drive-in®. In this position, Janjua is responsible for overseeing all aspects of SRI operations including field marketing and operations support for SRI drive-ins. In addition Janjua is also executive vice president of operations for Sonic Industries, the company's franchising subsidiary. In this role he oversees operations services, quality assurance and training for the drive-in system.
Janjua joined SONIC in September 2009 from Steak 'n Shake Company, where he was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer. At Steak 'n Shake, he was responsible for the operations of 490 system restaurants with annual revenues of approximately $700 million. Previous to Steak 'n Shake, Janjua spent 18 years with Pizza Hut holding numerous positions most notably serving as vice president of franchise where he help provide support to 75 franchise groups operating 2,600 restaurants in 27 states; and vice president of company operations where he led 817 locations from St. Louis to Los Angeles; 15 regions in eight states that generated revenues in excess of $800 million.
Janjua holds a master's degree in business administration from Minnesota State University and is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a major in operations management.
Janjua lives in Oklahoma City with his family.
Stephen C. VaughanExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Stephen Vaughan is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sonic Corp, an Oklahoma City-based, publicly-held company that owns, operates and franchises SONIC Drive-In restaurants. He is responsible for accounting and financial reporting, investor relations, all treasury functions and risk management.
Vaughan has worked at SONIC since 1992 in various positions, including internal auditor, assistant controller and controller. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as vice president of planning & analysis and treasurer. He previously worked at Ernst & Young as an auditor.
Vaughan earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma. He also is a certified public accountant. Vaughan serves as the chairman of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of Financial Executives International and also serves on the board of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council.
Vaughan lives in Oklahoma City, Okla., with his wife, Merrie Lynn, and their daughter Laurabelle.
Paige S. BassVice President and General Counsel
Paige S. Bass is vice president and general counsel of Sonic Corp., the parent company for the Oklahoma City-based national headquarters of SONIC®, America's Drive-In®, a position she assumed in 2007. Bass leads SONIC's internal legal department and is responsible for all legal services for Sonic Corp and its subsidiaries. She joined SONIC as associate general counsel in 2004.
Before joining SONIC, Bass was an associate with Crowe & Dunlevy, one of the largest law firms in Oklahoma. She is involved with several community organizations, serving as a board member, a member of the executive committee and a volunteer for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children; a board member for Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City; and a volunteer for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Bass is also a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma County Bar Foundation and was elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in 2010. Bass is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class of XXIX.
Bass has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University. She also graduated, with highest honors, from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Oklahoma Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif and received numerous awards, including the Nathan Scarritt Prize.
A native of Clinton, Oklahoma, Bass resides in Oklahoma City with her husband, Mike, and their two children.
James O'ReillySenior Vice President and Chief Brand Officer
James O'Reilly is senior vice president and chief brand officer for the Oklahoma City-based national headquarters of SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®. He holds responsibility for overall brand direction and also oversees the content and implementation of SONIC’s integrated technology initiatives designed to enhance customer engagement. O’Reilly joined SONIC as chief marketing officer in February 2012.
O’Reilly brings more than 20 years of senior level leadership in consumer driven marketing, brand management and product development, including extensive experience within the quick service restaurant segment to SONIC. He most recently served as the Chief Concept Officer of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. where he was responsible for several functions for the organization including marketing, research & development, and information technology. His leadership of these areas led to the creation of several new menu items and drove positive same store sales growth.
O’Reilly joined Einstein Noah after 13 years with YUM! Brands. He served in progressive roles throughout the YUM! system including international roles with KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Yum! Restaurants International, CMO of KFC, and SVP US Marketing of YUM! Brands. Prior to his tenure with YUM!, James spent five years with Procter & Gamble's Canadian division.
O’Reilly has a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing and strategy from York University in Toronto, Ontario.
He and his wife, Marie, live in Oklahoma City and have two sons.
Todd SmithChief Marketing Officer
Todd Smith is chief marketing officer for Sonic Corp., the Oklahoma City-based national headquarters of SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®. He leads the marketing function for SONIC, which includes overall marketing strategy, field marketing, market research and product innovation. Smith joined SONIC as vice president of marketing in April 2012.
Prior to joining SONIC, Smith served as director of marketing and menu innovation for Wendy’s International. At Wendy’s, Smith led a team responsible for premium and value chicken, salad, wraps and new platform and packaging products and projects. Prior to his time at Wendy’s, Smith worked for Yum! Brands, specifically with KFC, in various brand marketing roles.
Smith has a bachelor of arts in marketing management and advertising communications from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.
Smith and his wife have four children.
John BuddChief Development and Strategy Officer
John Budd is chief development and strategy officer of Sonic Corp. He is responsible for franchise sales, real estate and construction – both domestically and internationally. Additionally, in conjunction with the chief executive officer, Budd will lead and assist in further development of key strategic initiatives for the company.
Budd joined SONIC from the Boston Consulting Group, where he served as a partner and managing director. In that role, he gained relevant experience helping restaurant brands create successful management strategies, drive unit growth, implement long-term menu innovation and improve same-store sales and profits. Prior to his work with Boston Consulting Group, he held various domestic and international roles of increasing accountability with General Electric.
Budd earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Budd and his wife, Rebecca, have two sons, Jackie and Marcus.
Craig MillerSenior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Craig Miller is senior vice president and chief information officer for the Oklahoma City-based national headquarters of SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®. In his role, Miller is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s information technology (IT) transformation strategies and services, including all customer, retail and corporate solutions.
Miller joined SONIC in 2010 from Movie Gallery, where he served on the transition team as executive vice president and chief information officer responsible for developing and implementing the global technology strategy. Prior to Movie Gallery, Miller was senior vice president of information strategy at Bank of America, responsible for implementing innovative business analytics, supporting all corporate and retail functions. Prior to Bank of America, Miller was director of technology services at Pepsi where he led the development of global technology strategy, managed integration for franchise acquisitions, and implementation of shared services, supporting all corporate divisions. Earlier in his career, Miller started a software development firm specializing in emerging technologies and large-scale systems development for Fortune-500 companies.
Miller holds a master’s degree in systems engineering from Polytechnic University and is a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering.
Anita VanderveerVice President of People
Anita Vanderveer is vice president of people for the Oklahoma City-based national headquarters of SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®. She leads the human resources function for SONIC, which includes talent management, recruitment, people development, employee relations, payroll, benefits, compensation, recognition, internal communications, organizational design and change.
Vanderveer began her career with Pizza Hut/YUM! Brands over 25 years ago in restaurant operations and has served in a variety of human resources executive positions. She also served as vice president, human resources for Pinnacle Family of Companies based in Dallas, Texas.
Vanderveer holds a bachelor’s degree from Mountain State University in organizational leadership and a master’s degree in education, human resource development from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Vanderveer grew up in the Quad Cities. She and her husband, Gordy, have one daughter and reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Claudia San PedroVice President of Investor Relations, Communications and Treasurer
Claudia San Pedro serves as vice president of investor relations, communications and treasurer for the Oklahoma City-based national headquarters of SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®. Her main responsibilities are to direct financial planning, procurement and investment of funds for the organization and formulate investor relations strategy and oversee communications with the investment community. San Pedro also oversees public relations and external communications for the company.
Prior to joining SONIC, she served as the director for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance. Appointed by Governor Brad Henry in 2005, San Pedro was the first female and first Hispanic to serve as Director of State Finance for Oklahoma.
Before joining OSF and the Henry administration, San Pedro served as the assistant director of the Oklahoma State Senate fiscal staff and a staff budget analyst for the senate appropriations subcommittees on education, human services and general government.
San Pedro is currently a volunteer board member of the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Downtown OKC.
San Pedro holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Born in Mexico City, San Pedro resides in Oklahoma City with her family.