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Matthew V. Stroud

Vice President, Investor Relations
Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Biography

Matthew has been Vice President of Investor Relations at Darden since December 2002. Prior to that, he was the Senior Director, Director and Manager of Investor Relations at Darden since October 1995. Matthew started with Darden Restaurants (previously General Mills Restaurants) in 1990 as a financial analyst. He has worked in several other areas of the company including International, Red Lobster USA and Corporate Analysis. Since 2001, he has served in various capacities as a Director of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Central Florida Chapter. He was elected to a four-year term on the NIRI National Board of Directors in March 2004 where he served as the organization's Chairman of the Board from March 2007 to March 2008. In 2002 and 2008, IR Magazine recognized his work when he received an honorable mention as one of the nation's best Investor Relations Officers in a Mid-Cap company.

Matthew grew up in Minnesota and holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He and his wife, Kayleen, live in Orlando, FL and are the parents of three children.

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