Monika Saxena

Executive Vice President, Marketing, LongHorn Steakhouse

Monika Saxena is Executive Vice President of Marketing for LongHorn Steakhouse and an Officer of the parent company, Darden Restaurants, Inc. Monika oversees brand marketing, culinary and beverage development, consumer insights, guest relations, and media and communications for a company with more than 550 restaurants, 35,000 team members and $2.5 billion in annual sales.

Known for its passion for grilling fresh, tender, juicy steaks – including the signature Flo’s Filet and the Outlaw Ribeye – LongHorn welcomes guests with a warm, inviting, friendly atmosphere reminiscent of the American West.

Monika has served on LongHorn Steakhouse’s Marketing team in various roles for more than 10 years and has also held the position of Vice President of Marketing for Bahama Breeze. Prior to joining Darden, she worked at Johnson and Johnson leading marketing efforts for Motrin, Tylenol PM, and Children’s Tylenol.

Monika holds an MBA from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi, India. Monika lives in Orlando with her husband and two children. When she’s not working, she’s focused on planning the next family adventure.