Executive Leadership

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

Raj Vennam

Senior Vice President, Finance & Analytics

Raj Vennam was named Senior Vice President, Finance & Analytics in May 2016. He oversees the Company’s financial planning & analysis, business analytics, supply chain finance and investor relations functions.

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 185,000 people and serving nearly 400 million guests annually.

Raj began his career at Darden in 2003 as a Sr. Business Analyst for Market Development. He went on to work as a Sr. Financial Analyst in Investment Analysis, Olive Garden Marketing Analysis, and Treasury; and eventually as a Manager of Treasury prior to being promoted to Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for LongHorn in 2010. In 2013, Raj joined Red Lobster as a Sr. Director and progressed to Senior Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis and Treasury.

Prior to re-joining Darden in 2016, Raj worked at The Fresh Market where he served as Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis and Investor Relations.

Raj earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida. He graduated with a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University.

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