Elizabeth A. Smith Biography

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Elizabeth A. Smith (Chair)
Former Executive Chair
Bloomin' Brands Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Appointed: January 2019
Term expires: December 31, 2022

Elizabeth A. Smith served as executive chair of Bloomin' Brands Inc., in Tampa, Florida, until March 6, 2020. Before serving in this position, Ms. Smith was chairman and chief executive officer from 2009 to 2019. As chief executive officer, she was responsible for developing and executing the company's long-term objectives, growth strategies, and initiatives for its portfolio of casual and fine-dining brands. The restaurants of Bloomin' Brands, which was founded in 1987, include Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. Since joining Bloomin' Brands in 2009, Ms. Smith's leadership has been instrumental in the revitalization of the company's core brands, both domestically and internationally.

Ms. Smith has almost 30 years' experience growing brands in consumer-facing industries. Prior to Bloomin' Brands, she was president of Avon Products, Inc., where she successfully led the company's global marketing, supply chain, information technology and sales business units. She also worked in several roles at Kraft Foods, Inc., including group vice president and president of the U.S. beverages and grocery sectors, overseeing a total of $6 billion in sales.

Ms. Smith serves as chair of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and is a member of the boards of directors of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., Bloomin' Brands Inc., and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Ms. Smith received her BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.