TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.
(Nasdaq:BLMN) today announced the appointment of Pat Murtha as
Executive Vice President of Bloomin’ Brands, and President, Bloomin’
Brands International. In this role, Murtha will be responsible for
helping define, develop and implement the international growth strategy
for Bloomin’ Brands, and will be a member of the Executive Leadership
Team. His appointment is effective November 11, 2013.
“International development will continue to be a key driver of our
long-term growth strategy,” said Elizabeth Smith, Chairman of the Board
and CEO. “We have built a world-class international team, and Pat’s
proven leadership in this arena will be invaluable as we build upon our
current positive momentum internationally.”
“I believe the international opportunity at Bloomin’ Brands is
outstanding, and I am excited to help bring that to fruition,” said
Murtha. “This unique portfolio of brands is ideal for international
Prior to joining Bloomin’ Brands, Murtha held leadership roles at YUM
Brands where he spent 17 years in a variety of positions including
Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of KFC, Japan, Ltd., Chief
Operating Officer of Pizza Hut and Chief People Officer, YUM
Restaurants International. In addition, Murtha held leadership roles at
Ameritech and PepsiCo., Inc.
Murtha holds a BA from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Hong
Kong University of Science and Technology and a Masters of Management
from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
About Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.
Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. is one of the largest casual dining restaurant
companies in the world with a portfolio of leading, differentiated
restaurant concepts. The Company has five founder-inspired brands:
Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s
Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Roy’s. The Company owns and operates
nearly 1,500 restaurants in 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 21
countries, some of which operate under a franchise or joint venture
agreement. For more information, please visit bloominbrands.com.