Darden Announces Departure of Chief Marketing Officer JJ Buettgen

      Darden Announces Departure of Chief Marketing Officer JJ Buettgen

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 19, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:
DRI) today announced that JJ Buettgen has resigned from his position as chief
marketing officer at the company, effective immediately, to become president
and CEO of Ruby Tuesday, Inc.

"We understand and respect JJ's desire to lead an organization and we wish him
well in his new endeavor," said Drew Madsen, president and COO of Darden.
"When we created the CMO position two years ago, we did so with an eye toward
establishing a marketing structure that enables stronger integration, greater
innovation and accelerated growth across the enterprise. During his tenure, JJ
helped successfully implement that structure while building a solid foundation
of marketing talent across our brands. Led by strong marketing leaders, we're
confident that our brand teams are well positioned to continue driving their
respective growth strategies. Meanwhile, the enterprise marketing function
will remain focused on long-term growth initiatives and report to me until a
new CMO is named."

About Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), the world's largest full-service
restaurant company, owns and operates more than 2,000 restaurants that
generate over $8.0 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla.,
and employing 185,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards
caring for and responding to people. In 2012, Darden was named to the FORTUNE
"100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the second year in a row and is the
only full-service restaurant company to ever appear on the list. Our
restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama
Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House – reflect the
rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep
insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit

SOURCE Darden Restaurants, Inc.: General

Website: http://www.darden.com
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