Red Lobster has promoted Chip Wade to the position of executive vice president of operations.
Wade succeeds Doug Green, whom the casual-dining chain said left “to pursue other opportunities.”
Wade has been with Red Lobster’s parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., for 11 years. Most recently, he was Darden’s senior vice president of enterprise operations. Previously, he served as a divisional senior vice president of operations for Red Lobster, overseeing about 100 restaurants in seven mid-Atlantic states.
As of the end of May, Red Lobster had 677 units in the United States and 27 in Canada. Orlando, Fla.-based Darden had 1,994 casual-dining restaurants across its Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and Eddie V’s brands.