Bloomin’ Brands CEO to Retire

by Katie Lee

Tampa, Fla. — The chief executive officer of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., David Deno, will be retiring after 12 years with the company, including the last 5 years as CEO and a member of the board of directors. Deno will continue in his current role until a successor is named and a successful transition period is completed. The board of directors will conduct a search for Deno’s successor.

“David has strengthened the financial foundation at Bloomin’ Brands through better profitability and a stronger balance sheet, which is especially impressive given nearly half of his CEO tenure was during COVID,” says Michael Mohan, chairman of the Bloomin’ Brands board of directors. “He is also credited with optimizing our international presence, especially in Brazil.”

“Conversations regarding the timing of this transition began in 2023 as a normal course of succession planning,” adds Mohan. “The board is searching for a leader who will build upon David’s commitment and dedication to all 87,000 employees of these great brands.”

Deno joined Bloomin’ Brands in 2012 as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) and has served on the company’s board since 2019 when he was named CEO. He joined the company from Best Buy where he served as president of Asia and chief financial officer for the international division. Deno also spent 15 years with Pizza Hut and YUM Brands serving as CFO for Pizza Hut, YUM Restaurants International and YUM Brands; he also served as chief operating officer of YUM Brands. This, coupled with roles at Burger King, have resulted in a 40-year tenure primarily in the hospitality industry.

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. is one of the largest casual-dining restaurant companies in the world with a portfolio of four founder-inspired brands: Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. The company owns and operates more than 1,450 restaurants throughout 46 states, Guam and 13 countries, some of which are franchise locations. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

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