David Deno Named CEO of Bloomin’ Brands

Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.  announced a new Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer  effective April 1. David J. Deno, currently serving as CFAO, has been appointed CEO and a Director of the company. Christopher Meyer, Group Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis; Investor Relations, will serve as Executive Vice President and CFO. Liz Smith, current Chairman and CEO, has been appointed to serve as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Smith joined the company, known for its Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar brands, in 2009, when the casual dining segment was facing unprecedented headwinds, and the brands needed a refresh. “Her customer-centric approach has been instrumental in pioneering direct delivery from a full-service chain and creating the first multi-branded restaurant loyalty program,” said Jim Craigie, Lead Independent Director of the Board.  

Deno joined the company in 2012 from Best Buy where he served as the President of Asia and Chief Financial Officer for Best Buy International. His hospitality industry career has included more than 15 years in senior level operations and financial positions at PepsiCo/YUM Brands and eight years at Burger King.  

Meyer joined the company in 2004 and has held progressively responsible positions including Group Vice President Finance and Accounting; Treasurer; and Investor Relations Officer as well as Vice President of Finance for Bonefish Grill.