Bloomin' Brands Inc.  announced the appointment of Pat Murtha as executive vice president of Bloomin' Brands, and president, Bloomin' Brands International.

In this role, Murtha will be responsible for helping define, develop, and implement the international growth strategy for Bloomin' Brands, and will be a member of the Executive Leadership Team. His appointment is effective November 11.

"International development will continue to be a key driver of our long-term growth strategy," says Elizabeth Smith, Chairman of the Board and CEO. "We have built a world-class international team, and Pat's proven leadership in this arena will be invaluable as we build upon our current positive momentum internationally."

"I believe the international opportunity at Bloomin' Brands is outstanding, and I am excited to help bring that to fruition," says Murtha. "This unique portfolio of brands is ideal for international expansion."

Prior to joining Bloomin' Brands, Murtha held leadership roles at YUM Brands where he spent 17 years in a variety of positions including Chairman of the Board and managing director of KFC, Japan, Ltd., COO of Pizza Hut and chief people officer, YUM Restaurants International. In addition, Murtha held leadership roles at Ameritech and PepsiCo.

Murtha holds a BA from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a Masters of Management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.



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