Così, Inc. Appoints Two New Members to the Board of Directors

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Cosi, Inc. Appoints Two New Members to the Board of Directors

DEERFIELD, Ill., November 21, 2013 -- Cosi, Inc. (COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, today announced the appointment of Jean M. Birch and Michael Collins to the company`s Board of Directors on November 12, 2013.    

"We are very excited to have Jean and Michael join us," said Mark S. Demilio, Chairman of the Board of Cosi, Inc.  "Jean`s breadth of background in the restaurant industry and demonstrated ability to achieve exceptional results will be valuable as we continue to improve on the operational and guest experience aspects of our business.  Michael`s combination of strategic consulting and strong financial acumen with his background in the retail and consumer products industry will be equally valuable as we execute our strategy to become a successful national fast casual brand."

Ms. Birch is currently CEO and President of Birch Company, LLC, a specialized strategy and leadership consulting firm focused on the hospitality industry.    From 2009 to 2012, she served as President of IHOP Restaurants.   Prior to that time, Ms. Birch spent four years with Brinker International first as President of Corner Bakery Café and then as President of Romano`s Macaroni Grill.  Ms. Birch also was Vice President of Operations for Taco Bell and prior to that spent ten years with Pizza Hut Corporation.   She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Children`s Miracle Network Hospitals and the California Council for Economic Education. Ms. Birch holds an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Mr. Collins is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Bain & Company, Inc.  Mr. Collins also serves as a member of the firm`s Strategy, Retail and Consumer Products Practices as well as a member of the Board of Directors, the Global Operating Committee, Compensation Committee and Investment Committee.  Prior to his current roles, Collins held various leadership positions with Bain & Company, LLC since joining the organization in 1992.  From 1985 to 1991, Mr. Collins held various positions with KPMG Peat Marwick.  He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Civic Consulting Alliance and A Better Chicago.  Mr. Collins holds a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from Loyola University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  

About Così, Inc.
Così® ( is a national fast casual restaurant chain that has developed featured foods built around a secret, generations-old recipe for crackly crust flatbread. This artisan bread is freshly baked in front of customers throughout the day in open-flame stone-hearth ovens prominently located in each of the restaurants. Così`s warm and urbane atmosphere is geared towards its sophisticated, upscale, urban and suburban guests. There are currently 71 Company-owned and 52 franchise restaurants operating in sixteen states, the District of Columbia, the United Arab Emirates, and Costa Rica. The Così® vision is to become America`s favorite fast casual restaurant by providing customers authentic, innovative, savory food while remaining an affordable luxury.

The Così® menu features Così® sandwiches, freshly-tossed salads, bowls, breakfast wraps, melts, soups, Così® Squagels®, flatbread pizzas, S`mores, snacks and other desserts, and a wide range of coffee and coffee-based drinks and other specialty beverages. Così® restaurants are designed to be welcoming and comfortable with an eclectic environment. Così`s sights, sounds, and spaces create a tasteful, relaxed ambience that provides a fresh and new dining experience.

"Così," "(Sun & Moon Design)" and related marks are registered trademarks of Così, Inc. in the U.S.A. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2013 Così, Inc. All rights reserved.

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