As new CEO of Darden, Cardenas take helm of multi-concept restaurant operator as of May 30, 2022
Darden Restaurants promoted Rick (Ricardo) Cardenas to chief executive officer, effective May 30, 2022. He has been serving as president and chief operating officer since January 2021. Cardenas will replace outgoing chairman and chief executive, Gene (Eugene) I. Lee, Jr. The 60-year-old Lee will retire May 29, marking the end of an era.