Executive Leadership

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

John Martin

President, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s

John Martin is President of Darden’s two fine dining businesses – The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s. He was named President of The Capital Grille in 2004 and President of Eddie V’s in 2014. The Capital Grille has more than 50 locations and annual sales of $408 million. Eddie V’s has more than 15 locations and $150 million in annual sales

John joined The Capital Grille in 1990 as a manager at the first restaurant in Providence, RI, and held several positions of increasing responsibility before being promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2001. He was named President of the company three years later.

John started his restaurant career in 1986 at Hemenway’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar, which was founded by Ned Grace, who also started The Capital Grille and several other restaurants.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management, as well as an honorary doctorate in Business Administration and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, where he is also a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

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.

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