Red Lobster names Cijoy Olickal chief information officer

Incoming CIO former Fogo de Chão executive

Red Lobster named Cijoy Olickal chief information officer (CIO). He will join the seafood chain’s Senior Leadership Team.

Prior to Red Lobster, Olickal served as CIO for Fogo de Chão, where he worked since 2019. Before Fogo de Chão, he held the position of managing director for clearAjna, leading several high-impact technology solutions projects for various major retail and hospitality companies.

During the early part of his budding career, Olickal worked in several IT, consulting and engineering positions of increasing responsibility. These years were spent at Brinker International, Infosys, Hewlett Packard, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Motorola.

“Technology touches everyone and everything in our business, which makes the work that our IT team does absolutely critical,” said Kelli Valade, Red Lobster chief executive. “We are excited to add Cijoy to our team as we look at new and innovative solutions to best serve our guests in the future. His deep experience combined with his proven ability to clearly convey and gain support for complex IT concepts are a winning combination.”

The newly-appointed Red Lobster CIO earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.


Olickal commented, “I came to the USA in 1977, and I quickly realized that everyone in America knew and loved Red Lobster—and they still do. I am honored to have the opportunity to join such an iconic brand and help lead us as we plan and evolve for the next generation of guests.”

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