People: Darden Restaurants Inc (DRI)

DRI on New York Consolidated

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28 Jul 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Clarence Otis

57 2005 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Eugene Lee

52 2013 President, Chief Operating Officer

C. Bradford Richmond

54 2006 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

David George

57 2013 President - Olive Garden

Valerie Insignares

45 2013 President - LongHorn Steakhouse

Salli Setta

48 2013 President - Red Lobster

Daisy Ng

55 2009 Chief Human Resource Officer, Senior Vice President

Teresa Sebastian

55 2010 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

David Lothrop

52 2012 Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller

Kim Lopdrup

55 2011 Senior Vice President - Business Development

Robert McAdam

55 2006 Senior Vice President - Government and Community Affairs

Charles Ledsinger

64 2012 Lead Independent Director

Michael Barnes

53 2012 Independent Director

Leonard Berry

71 2001 Independent Director

Christopher Fraleigh

49 2008 Independent Director

Victoria Harker

49 2009 Independent Director

David Hughes

70 2001 Independent Director

William Lewis

57 2005 Independent Director

Connie Mack

71 2001 Independent Director

Michael Rose

72 1995 Independent Director

Maria Sastre

58 1998 Independent Director

William Simon

54 2012 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Clarence Otis

Mr. Clarence Otis, Jr., is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Darden Restaurants Inc. He has served as Company's Chairman of the Board since November 2005 and Company's Chief Executive Officer since November 2004. He was Executive Vice President of the Company from March 2002 until November 2004 and President of Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill, a restaurant brand formerly owned and operated by the Company, from December 2002 until November 2004. Mr. Otis was Company's Senior Vice President from December 1999 until March 2002 and Chief Financial Officer from December 1999 until December 2002. Mr. Otis joined the Company in 1995 as Vice President and Treasurer, and served as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations from July 1997 to August 1998, and as Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer from August 1998 until December 1999. He was Managing Director and Manager of Public Finance for Chemical Securities, Inc. (now J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc.), an investment banking firm, from 1991 to 1995. Mr. Otis is currently a director of Verizon Communications, Inc., V.F. Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Eugene Lee

Mr. Eugene I. Lee, Jr., has been appointed as President, Chief Operating Officer of Darden Restaurants, Inc., effective September 18, 2013. He served as President - Specialty Restaurant Group of Darden Restaurants Inc. He has been President of Specialty Restaurant Group since company's acquisition of RARE on October 1, 2007. Prior to the acquisition, he served as RARE's President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2001 to October 2007. From January 1999 until January 2001, he served as RARE's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

C. Bradford Richmond

Mr. C. Bradford Richmond is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Darden Restaurants Inc., since December 1, 2006. From August 2005 to December 2006, he served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. He served as Senior Vice President Finance, Strategic Planning and Controller of Red Lobster from January 2003 to August 2005, and previously was Senior Vice President, Finance and Controller at Olive Garden from August 1998 to January 2003. He joined in 1982 as a food and beverage analyst for Casa Gallardo, a restaurant concept formerly owned and operated by company, and from June 1985 to August 1998 held progressively more responsible finance and marketing analysis positions with York Steak House, Red Lobster and Olive Garden operating companies in both the United States and Canada.

David George

Mr. David C. George is President - Olive Garden of Darden Restaurants Inc., since January 2013. He served as Company's President of LongHorn Steakhouse from October 2007, when Company acquired RARE, until January 2013. Prior to the acquisition, he served as RARE's President of LongHorn Steakhouse from May 2003 until October 2007. From October 2001 until May 2003, he was RARE's Senior Vice President of Operations for LongHorn Steakhouse and from May 2000 until October 2001 was RARE's Vice President of Operations for The Capital Grille.

Valerie Insignares

Ms. Valerie Insignares is President - LongHorn Steakhouse of Darden Restaurants Inc., since January 2013. She served as Company's Chief Restaurant Operations Officer from March 2011 to January 2013 and Company's Executive Vice President of Olive Garden from October 2004 until March 2011. She joined the Company in January 1997 as Director of Food and Smallwares for the commodities purchasing department and held progressively more responsible positions including Senior Vice President of Operations for Olive Garden's Dallas division prior to becoming Executive Vice President of Olive Garden in 2004.

Salli Setta

Ms. Salli A. Setta is President - Red Lobster of Darden Restaurants Inc. She served as Company's Executive Vice President of Marketing at Red Lobster from April 2005 to July 2013 and Company's Senior Vice President Culinary & Beverage of Olive Garden from December 2000 until April 2005. She joined the Company in April 1990 as a sales promotion assistant at Olive Garden and held positions of increasing responsibility prior to becoming Vice President Brand Management of Olive Garden in September 1998.

Daisy Ng

Ms. Daisy Ng is Chief Human Resource Officer, Senior Vice President of Darden Restaurants Inc., since June 1, 2009. From October 2005 to June 2009, she was Company's Senior Vice President of Talent Management. Prior to joining the Company, she was Chief Learning Officer and Vice President, Workforce Development for Hewlett-Packard, a technology company, from November 2003 to August 2005.

Teresa Sebastian

Ms. Teresa Mosley Sebastian is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Darden Restaurants Inc., since October 8, 2010. Prior to joining company, she served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Veyance Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial rubber products and exclusive manufacturer and marketer of Goodyear Engineered Products from May 2008 until September 2010. She also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Information Resources, Inc. from May 2007 to May 2008; Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary for DTE Energy Company from September 2001 to May 2007, and Senior Corporate Counsel for CMS Energy Corporation from September 1994 to September 2001.

David Lothrop

Mr. David R. Lothrop is Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller of Darden Restaurants Inc. He was Company's Senior Vice President of Finance and Strategy from June 2010 until May 2012. He was Senior Vice President, Finance for Olive Garden from 2006 until June 2010. He joined Darden in 1984 as a corporate accountant. He joined the Olive Garden team in 1986 as a Senior Operations Analyst, and was promoted to Assistant Controller in 1991. After several years in a variety of finance roles at Darden, Red Lobster and Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Finance and Controller for Olive Garden in 2006.

Kim Lopdrup

Mr. Kim A. Lopdrup is Senior Vice President - Business Development of Darden Restaurants Inc. He served as Company's President, Red Lobster from May 2004 until June 2011. He joined the Company in November 2003 as Executive Vice President of Marketing for Red Lobster. From 2001 until 2002, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for North American operations of Burger King Corporation, an operator and franchiser of fast food restaurants. From 1985 until 2001, he worked for Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants (ADQSR), a franchiser of quick service restaurants including Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins and Togo's Eateries, where he held progressively more responsible positions in marketing, strategic and general management roles, eventually serving as Chief Executive Officer of ADQSR International.

Robert McAdam

Mr. Robert McAdam is Senior Vice President - Government and Community Affairs of Darden Restaurants Inc., since December 18, 2006. Prior to joining the Company, he was employed by retailer Wal-Mart, Inc. as Vice President, Corporate Affairs from 2004 to 2006, and Vice President, State and Local Governmental Relations from 2000 to 2004. From 1997 to 2000 he served as Senior Vice President of Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations firm.

Charles Ledsinger

Mr. Charles A. Ledsinger, Jr., is Lead Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of SunBridge Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm, since June 2009. He has also served as Chairman of the boards of directors of two-privately held companies, Realty Investment Company, Inc., an operating and investment company, and Sunburst Hospitality Corporation, a hotel and real estate operator, since May 2009. He was Vice Chairman from September 2006 to May 2009, Chief Executive Officer from August 1998 to July 2009 and President from August 1998 to September 2006 of Choice Hotels International, Inc. (Choice), a lodging franchisor. Mr. Ledsinger is currently a director of FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated, and previously served as a director of Choice.

Michael Barnes

Mr. Michael W. Barnes is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc., since June 19, 2012. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers Limited (Signet), a specialty retail jeweler, since January 2011, before which he was Chief Executive Officer Designate beginning in December 2010. Prior to joining Signet, Mr. Barnes served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Fossil, Inc. (Fossil), a designer and marketer of watches and other accessories, from 2007 to 2010; as President, International and Special Markets from 2000 to 2007; as Executive Vice President from 1995 to 2000; and in various other executive capacities from 1985 until 1995. He was a director of Fossil from 1993 to 2010, and is currently a director of Signet.

Leonard Berry

Dr. Leonard L. Berry, Ph.D., is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc. He is Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence, Distinguished Professor of Marketing and M.B. Zale Chair in Retailing and Marketing Leadership, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, and Professor of Humanities in Medicine, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University. He joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1982. Dr. Berry is the Founder of the Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M University. During 2001-2002, he was a visiting scientist at the Mayo Clinic where he studied health care service. He is currently a director of Genesco Inc. and Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Christopher Fraleigh

Mr. Christopher J. Fraleigh is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc., since November 3, 2008. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shearer's Foods, Inc., a global manufacturer of potato chips and other snack foods, since October 2012. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Sara Lee North America and Executive Vice President of Sara Lee Corporation, a global consumer products company, from November 2007 to September 2011. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of Sara Lee North America from November 2007 to 2008, and as the Chief Executive Officer of Sara Lee Food & Beverage and Senior Vice President of Sara Lee Corporation from January 2005 to November 2007.

Victoria Harker

Ms. Victoria D. Harker is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc. She has served as Chief Financial Officer of Gannett Co., Inc., an international media and marketing solutions company, since July 2012. She served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AES Corporation, a global power company with generation and distribution businesses, from January 2006 to May 2012 and as its President, Global Business Services from September 2011 to July 2012. She held the position of Acting Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer of MCI, Inc., a telecommunications company, from November 2002 to January 2006. Prior to that, Ms. Harker served as Chief Financial Officer of MCI Group, a unit of WorldCom Inc., from 1998 to 2002. Ms. Harker is currently a director of Xylem Inc. and Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

David Hughes

Mr. David H. Hughes is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc. He is currently a director of SunTrust Banks, Inc. Previously, he served as Chairman of Hughes Supply, Inc., a publicly traded, Fortune 500 diversified wholesale distributor of construction and industrial materials, equipment and supplies, from 1986 until April 2006, when the company was acquired by The Home Depot, Inc. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hughes Supply, Inc. from 1974 to 2003. He previously was a director of Brown & Brown, Inc.

William Lewis

Mr. William M. Lewis, Jr., is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc. He has served as a Managing Director and Co-Chairman of Investment Banking for Lazard Ltd, an investment banking firm since April 2004. He held various positions with Morgan Stanley, an investment banking firm, from 1978 to 1980 and from 1982 to April 2004, including Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Banking Department from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Lewis is currently a trustee of Ariel Investment Trust, and previously was a director of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac).

Connie Mack

Senator Connie Mack, III, is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc. He was named Chairman Emeritus of Liberty Partners Group, a public policy consulting firm, in January 2013. He has been a partner and senior policy advisor there since January 2010. From January 2007 to May 2010, he was a partner and senior policy advisor at Liberty Partners of Florida, LLC, a public policy consulting firm which focused on advocacy strategies at the state and federal levels of government. Senator Mack served as a senior policy advisor of the government relations practice group at King & Spalding LLP, a law firm, from February 2005 to December 2009 and at the law firm Shaw Pittman, LLP from February 2001 to February 2005. He served as a United States Senator (R-Florida) from 1989 to 2001 and as a United States Congressman (R-Florida) from 1983-1989. Senator Mack is currently a director of Mutual of America Life Insurance Co., and previously was a director of Genzyme Corporation, Moody's Corporation, EXACT Sciences Corporation and Spirit Aerosystems Holdings, Inc.

Michael Rose

Mr. Michael D. Rose is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc., since 1995. He has been a private investor and Chairman of the Board of Midaro Investments, Inc., a privately held investment firm, since 1998. He served as Chairman of the Board of First Horizon National Corporation, a banking and financial services company, and its subsidiary, First Tennessee Bank National Association, from 2007 until his retirement in January 2012. He served as Chairman of the Board of Gaylord Entertainment Company (Gaylord), a diversified entertainment company, from 2001 to 2005, and as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Gaylord from May 2005 until May 2009. Mr. Rose is currently a director of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., the successor to Gaylord, and General Mills, Inc.

Maria Sastre

Ms. Maria A. Sastre is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc. She has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Signature Flight Support Corporation (Signature), a fixed based operation and distribution network for business aviation services, since January 2013. She served as Chief Operating Officer of Signature from May 2010 until January 2013. She held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Take Stock in Children, a non-profit organization providing scholarships and mentors to Florida's low-income, at-risk children, from January 2009 to May 2010. She served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Latin America and Caribbean, for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises, all of which were units of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., a global cruise line company, from January 2007 to September 2008. She held additional Vice President positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises from 2000 until 2007. Ms. Sastre is currently a director of Publix Super Markets, Inc., and previously was a director of Laidlaw International, Inc.

William Simon

Mr. William S. Simon is Independent Director of Darden Restaurants Inc., since June 19, 2012. He has served as Executive Vice President of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a global retailer, and as President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart U.S., since July 2010. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S. from March 2007 until July 2010 and Executive Vice President, Professional Services from March 2006 to March 2007. Mr. Simon was Senior Vice President of Global Business Development for Brinker International, Inc., a restaurant company, from 2005 to 2006. He served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services from 2003 to 2005.
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