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Darden Restaurants

COMPANY

Owns and operates Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and several smaller chains including Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, Eddie Vís Prime Seafood, LongHorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Smokey Bones Barbecue and Grill, Wildfish Seafood Grille, and Yard House USA. Approximately 1,325 restaurants nationwide. Traces ancestry to William B. Darden's first Red Lobster in 1968, where future company president Joe R. Lee started at minimum wage. Acquired by General Mills in 1970, and spun off as Darden Restaurants in 1995.

Official Website:
http://www.dardenrestaurants.com/

Industry:
Restaurant

Ticker:
NYSE:DRI

Corporate headquarters:
Orlando, FL

Sales:
$5.2B (2004)

Employees:
141,300 (2004)

EXECUTIVES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Joe R. Lee
Business
c. 1941   Red Lobster and Olive Garden
Andrew H. Madsen
Business
c. 1956   COO of Darden Restaurants
Clarence Otis
Business
c. 1955   CEO of Darden Restaurants
Richard E. Rivera
Business
c. 1946   President of Darden Restaurants, 2001-04

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Leonard L. Berry
Business
c. 1942   Professor of Marketing, Texas A&M
Odie C. Donald
Business
c. 1949   President of DirecTV, 2000-01
David H. Hughes
Business
c. 1944   CEO of Hughes Supply, 1986-2003
Charles A. Ledsinger, Jr.
Business
c. 1950   CEO of Choice Hotels
William M. Lewis, Jr.
Business
30-Apr-1956   Co-Chair Investment Banking at Lazard
Connie Mack
Politician
29-Oct-1940   US Senator from Florida, 1989-2001
Andrew H. Madsen
Business
c. 1956   COO of Darden Restaurants
Clarence Otis
Business
c. 1955   CEO of Darden Restaurants
Michael D. Rose
Business
c. 1942   CEO of Holiday Inn, 1981-90
Maria A. Sastre
Business
c. 1956   VP at Royal Caribbean
Jack A. Smith
Business
c. 1935   Founder of Sports Authority
Rita P. Wilson
Business
c. 1947   Former VP at Allstate

PAST BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John P. Birkelund
Business
23-Jun-1930   Chairman of Dillon Read, 1986-98
Joe R. Lee
Business
c. 1941   Red Lobster and Olive Garden
Richard E. Rivera
Business
c. 1946   President of Darden Restaurants, 2001-04


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