As the Chief Executive Officer of P.F. Chang's, Damola Adamolekun is focused on exceeding the expectations of millions of guests and 20,000 staff members in over 300 locations internationally. Prior to his current role, Damola led similar strategic initiatives with Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Division and TPG Capital in Private Equity. Currently, he is a partner at Paulson & Co., where he is involved with the sourcing and management of some of the company's largest investments. Additionally, he is on the board of directors for NuLeaf and Inday, New York-based restaurants dedicated to providing an upscale yet accessible dining experience.
In 2021 he was honored to receive three GLOBEE Leadership Gold awards for CEO of the Year: Food and Beverage, CEO of the Year: Hospitality, Travel, Recreation, Leisure, and Top CEO of the Year: The Rising Star, as well as a GLOBEE Leadership Silver award for CEO Achievers: Transformational Leader of the Year, while in 2022 he was named in Nation's Restaurant News' Power List among the most innovative and inspiring leaders in the restaurant industry.
Damola is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School. At Brown, he was a part of the Ivy League champion football team and Brown Investment Group, and at Harvard Business School he served as portfolio manager for the HBS Investment Club. Presently, he lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he is quickly becoming a Phoenix Suns fan. He is also involved with the YPO Scottsdale Chapter as a board member and finance chair, and he serves on the board of the Phoenix Symphony.