Elizabeth A. Smith, MBA '90
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Liz Smith is the CEO and chairman of the board of Bloomin’ Brands.
As CEO, she is responsible for developing and executing the company’s long-term objectives, growth strategies, and initiatives for its portfolio of casual dining brands that include Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, and Roy’s restaurants.
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. Her focus on innovations across the 360-degree customer experience — from menu to ambience
— has resulted in “best in category” recognition and sales growth that has outpaced the industry.
Ms. Smith has more than 25 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.
Ms. Smith 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.
In addition to serving on the Bloomin’ Brands board, Ms. Smith also serves on the boards of Staples Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (Tampa, Florida). In March 2011, she was appointed to President Barack Obama’s management advisory board.
She holds a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.