Darden names Gene Lee interim CEO

Darden names Gene Lee interim CEO

Company to begin search for permanent replacement to longtime CEO Clarence Otis

Darden Restaurants Inc. has named president and chief operating officer Gene Lee the company’s interim chief executive, replacing outgoing CEO Clarence Otis, effective immediately, the company said Tuesday.

Lee has long been mentioned as a potential successor to Clarence Otis as chief executive of Darden, who was set to step down in January of next year. The shift in leadership at Orlando, Fla.-based Darden is the first move under a new board of directors — one put in place last F

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