It all started when the original Red Lobster was introduced to America in Lakeland, Florida, in 1968. Company founder Bill Darden had tested his entrepreneurial success on a restaurant concept of a different color, Green Frog," along with a 19-year-old prot?g?, Joe Lee, future president of Red Lobster and current Chairman and CEO of Darden Restaurants. Our vision then was to provide great service so that our guests could fully enjoy our great-tasting seafood and spend precious time with their family and friends."
Corporate Director/Retired CEO with a track record of turnarounds and growth in most segments of the food & beverage industry — from CPG to quick service restaurants to fine dining. Have led up to 64,000 employees. Experience doing business in 57 countries. Strong at strategy, technology, operations & marketing. 5-for-5 in turnaround situations. After leading Red Lobster for 14 years as President or CEO, I retired on August 2. I am on the Boards of Wawa (www.wawa.com), Bob Evans Restaurants (www.bobevans.com), Botrista Technology (www.botrista.co) and Presto Technologies (www.presto.com).