Darden shuffles execs at top brands

Darden Restaurants Inc. has appointed new leaders for its two flagship brands, Red Lobster and Olive Garden, in a series of in-house promotions, the company said Monday.

Dave Pickens, formerly president of Olive Garden, has been named president of the 694-unit Red Lobster chain. Pickens replaces Kim Lopdrup, who was promoted to senior vice president of business development for Orlando, Fla.-based Darden.

John Caron, Darden’s senior vice president and chief marketing office

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