Executive Leadership

Darden is led by one of the most experienced leadership teams in the industry.

John Madonna

Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller

John Madonna was named Corporate Controller in January 2016. He is responsible for managing Darden’s accounting functions, including financial reporting, corporate tax, corporate accounting and operations information accounting.

Darden owns and operates more than 1,600 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 165,000 people and serving 380 million guests annually.

John is an experienced accounting and finance leader who began his career with Darden in 2005 as Manager, Corporate Reporting. He joined the LongHorn team in 2009 as Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis before holding a series of roles with increasing responsibility within Darden’s Corporate Reporting function. He was most recently the Senior Vice President of Corporate Reporting and Accounting. Before joining Darden, John began his career with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young’s audit practices.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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