Karin Timpone

Karin Timpone

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine added Karin Timpone to its board of directors, which now has eight members.

Timpone is global marketing officer at Marriott International Inc. in Bethesda, Md. She’s been named to influential, innovative marketer lists by Forbes, Business Insider, Adweek and Ad Age. She was also instrumental in Marriott winning two awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, according to a statement from Habit.

Before joining Marriott she was a senior vice president for digital media with Walt Disney Co.

Timpone is the only woman on Habit’s board; California recently mandated that public companies based in the state have at least one woman on their board of directors.

She’s also the only non-restaurant industry member. Habit board members include two executives of the company, two restaurant industry veterans; a former EY partner who also serves on the board of a Tex-Mex restaurant chain, and two founding partners of KarpReilly LLC, the private equity investor that took Habit public in 2014.

For more on OC public companies and female representation on their boards, see Monday’s print edition of the Business Journal.