Ex Avon President Elizabeth Smith Named CEO of OSI Restaurants

RedTracker| Former president of Avon, Elizabeth Smith was named chief executive of OSI Restaurant Partners LLC, succeeding Bill Allen who will become Chairman of the Board.

Smith has worked for the past five years for Avon Products Inc. (NYSE: AVP), serving most recently as president, a release from OSI said. Prior to joining Avon, she worked for 14 years at Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT), including stints as group vice president and president of the U.S. beverages and grocery sectors, a business with $6 billion in total sales.

OSI owns Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steadhouse & Wine Bar and Roy’s restaurants.

Smith is listed by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in business 2009. She serves on the boards of directors of Staples and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. via Tampa Bay Business Journal