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Lawrence to Become Darden's Sr. VP and Chief Supply Chain Officer

Takes over effective May 28.

Jim Lawrence will become Darden Restaurants' (NYSE: DRI) senior vice president and chief supply chain officer effective May 28, the first day of the company's new fiscal year. He succeeds Barry Moullet.

In his new role, Lawrence will assume responsibility for sourcing, distribution and quality assurance across the Darden enterprise. Darden's supply chain team manages more than $3 billion in capital and food product expenditures on an annual basis.

Lawrence began his career at Darden in 1995, holding progressively more responsible positions in transportation, seafood inventory management and distribution, and restaurant distribution services. He was promoted to vice president of supply management in 2000 and senior vice president in 2005.