Darden Restaurants names Gene Lee interim CEO

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Adam Jeffery | CNBC

Darden Restaurants said Chief Operating Officer Gene Lee would take over as its interim chief executive, replacing Clarence Otis.

The company said in July Otis would resign.

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The company said on Tuesday its new board of directors has also appointed activist-investor Starboard Value's Jeffrey Smith as independent non-executive chairman.

Starboard last week won its standoff with Darden, convincing shareholders to replace the entire board of the Olive Garden parent.