Executive Chairman, Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
Liz Smith is the Executive Chair of the Board of Directors and former Chief Executive Officer of Bloomin’ Brands.
As the former CEO, she was responsible for developing and executing the company’s long- term objectives, growth strategies and initiatives for its portfolio of casual and fine- dining brands, which includes Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Smith joined Bloomin' Brands as CEO in 2009, and her leadership was instrumental in the revitalization of the company’s core brands, both domestically and internationally.
She has almost 30 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.
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.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc., U.S. Fund for UNICEF and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (Tampa, Florida).
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.