Matt Broad was named General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Darden Restaurants in October 2015. As the chief legal officer and chief compliance officer of the company, Matt oversees Darden’s legal affairs, including corporate governance, labor and employment law, development law, litigation, and corporate and regulatory compliance.
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.
Matt brings more than 30 years of experience in business and corporate law to Darden, including extensive experience across various industries in manufacturing, distribution and retail. Most recently, Matt served as a consultant with Axiom, a provider of tech-enabled legal services. There he provided legal counsel to companies across various industries including food and beverage, manufacturing and healthcare.
Prior to that, Matt served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for OfficeMax, responsible for legal affairs, corporate compliance and public policy. Before joining OfficeMax in 2004, Matt was Associate General Counsel with Boise Cascade, a publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of forest products and distributor of office supplies.
A native of California, Matt earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Juris Doctor degree from University of California Hastings College of Law.