OSI Restaurant Partners

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on global corporations.

OSI Restaurant Partners is the second largest casual-dining company in terms of revenue, after Darden Restaurants, with approximately 1,470 locations in the United States over 20 other countries. Its flagship Outback Steakhouse chain has approximately 970 outlets. Menu items include steak, chicken, and seafood in Australian themed surroundings. OSI Restaurants also operates the Carrabba's Italian Grill chain, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse. A small number of the restaurants are franchised. Kangaroo Holdings owns the company. The group includes co-founders Chris Sullivan and Bob Basham as well as the private equity firm Bain Capital.

In the fiscal year ending in December of 2008, the company reported sales of approximately $3.963 billion dollars and had 105,000 employees. [1]

Political contributions

OSI Restaurant Partners gave $1,341,605 to federal candidates in the 2010 election cycle through its political action committee - 16% to Democrats, and 82% to Republicans. [2]

Public relations & lobbying

OSI Restaurant Partners spent $144,210 for lobbying in 2010. $76,000 went to two outside lobbying firms with the remainder being spent on in-house lobbyists. [3]

Center for Consumer Freedom

Outback Steakhouse has donated to the front group Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF). CCF runs attack campaigns against health, food safety, animal rights and animal welfare advocates.

Personnel

  • Liz Smith - CEO
  • Joseph J. Kadow - Executive VP, Chief Officer, Legal and Corporate Affairs & Secretary
  • Dirk A. Montgomery - Sr. VP & CFO
  • Jody Bilney - Executive VP & Chief Brand Officer
  • Richard L. Renninger - Executive VP & Chief Development Officer
  • Lindon Richardson - Sr. VP, Equipment & Design[4]

Selected board members

  • Chris T. Sullivan - Chair
  • Robert D. Basham - Vice Chair
  • Debbi Fields - Founder & former chair, Mrs. Fields Cookies[5]

Contact

OSI Restaurant Partners 2202 N. West Shore Blvd.
Ste. 500
Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: 813-282-1225

Web address: http://www.osirestaurantpartners.com

Articles & sources

SourceWatch articles

References

  1. Profile, Hoovers, accessed January 2011
  2. 2010 PAC Summary Data: OSI Restaurant Partners, Open Secrets, accessed January 2011
  3. OSI Restaurant Partners lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, January 2011
  4. Inside the Company: Executive Officers, accessed January 2011
  5. Inside the Company: Board Members, accessed January 2011

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