Doug Milanes was named Chief Supply Chain Officer for Darden in May 2015. He is responsible for sourcing, distribution and quality assurance for all Darden concepts. Doug’s team of supply professionals manages over $2 billion in capital and food product expenditures and $1 billion in non-food expenditures on an annual basis. The supply team sources more than 26 million cases of product from 1,500 vendors in 10 countries around the world.
Darden owns and operates more than 1,700 Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s restaurants in North America, employing more than 180,000 people and serving nearly 390 million guests annually.
Most recently, Doug served as Senior Vice President, Purchasing, for Darden where he was responsible for Proteins, Beverages and Food Commodities/Ingredients. He started Indirect Sourcing (non-food areas) in 2014, driving programs in categories such as Advertising, IT, and Restaurant Services.
Prior to Darden, Doug served as Vice President, Global Procurement and Operations for New York-based Pfizer, where he was responsible for strategic commercial sourcing and global procurement operations, leading a team of 450 associates in five countries with responsibility for over $11 billion in purchases. He also served as Chief Financial Officer for the company’s Capsugel Division. Before Pfizer, Doug was with Unilever and Kraft Foods.
Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business.