Ruby Tuesday Inc. Appoints Tom Williams Chief People Officer

MARYVILLE, TN - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 7, 2016 - Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT) today announced the appointment of Tom Williams to the position of Chief People Officer, effective April 18, 2016. Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of experience in executing and leading human resources functions in both private and public retail organizations. In his role as Chief People Officer, he will be responsible for leading the Human Resources department at Ruby Tuesday.

“Tom not only has significant human resources experience but also a background in leading store operations and supply chain which has provided him with a deep understanding of HR opportunities at a multi-unit operation. He also has helped develop and implement HR programs and policies designed to attract and retain talent across all disciplines which we feel will be a great asset to Ruby Tuesday,” said JJ Buettgen, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to welcome Tom to the team at Ruby Tuesday and look forward to the new ideas and fresh perspective he brings to our Human Resources function.”

Most recently, Mr. Williams held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer for Jo-Ann Stores, the nation's largest specialty retailer of fabrics and crafts with over 850 stores in 49 states. He also has experience leading store operations and supply chain at Jo-Ann Stores. Prior to that, Mr. Williams worked for Walmart in a variety of Human Resources, Finance and operational roles.

Mr. Williams stated, “It’s a great feeling to join a team that is dedicated to cultivating a strong corporate culture, leveraging the thoughts and ideas of engaged employees, and ensuring a great place to work. I am excited to join the Ruby Tuesday team and to continue fostering the positive work environment.”

About Ruby Tuesday, Inc.

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. owns and franchises Ruby Tuesday and Lime Fresh brand restaurants. As ofMarch 1, 2016, there were 729 Ruby Tuesday restaurants in 44 states, 13 foreign countries, andGuam, and there were 16 Lime Fresh restaurants in two states. Of those restaurants, we owned and operated 649 Ruby Tuesday restaurants and franchised 80 Ruby Tuesday restaurants, comprised of 28 domestic and 52 international restaurants. We also owned and operated eight Lime Fresh restaurants and franchised eight Lime Fresh domestic restaurants. Our corporate-owned and operated restaurants are concentrated primarily in the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest of the United States, which we consider to be our core markets. For more information about Ruby Tuesday, please visit www.rubytuesday.com. Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol: RT).

SOURCE Ruby Tuesday, Inc.

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RubyTuesdayIR@icrinc.com

Christine Beggan
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203-682-8200
RubyTuesday@icrinc.com

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