Chris Bitner is the Global Chief Information Security Officer of Bloomin’ Brands one of the world's largest casual dining companies with approximately 100,000 Team Members and close to 1,500 restaurants throughout 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 20 countries.

As Bloomin’ Brands CISO, he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s strategic global information security program and strategy for its portfolio of casual and fine-dining brands, which include Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Mr. Bitner has almost 20 years of experience in the field of information security in consumer-facing industries. Prior to Bloomin’ Brands, he was the Global CISO of Office Depot / Office Max Inc., where he lead the company’s cyber security program for two distinct brands in the office supply channel both serving in traditional retail stores, catalogue and eCommerce platforms.

Mr. Bitner serves on the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Information Security board where he contributed to the restaurant industry cyber security framework and is an active member of the National Retail Federation (NRF).