Jeff Smith is a Managing Member and the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard Value L.P. (‘Starboard’). Prior to founding Starboard, Mr. Smith was a Partner and Managing Director at Ramius LLC and the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of the funds that comprised the small cap value and opportunity investment platform. Prior to joining Ramius in January 1998, Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Strategic Development for The Fresh Juice Company, Inc. Mr. Smith began his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Société Générale. Jeff Smith spoke today at the Capitalize For Kids Conference in Toronto and presented his favorite idea. Below are some (very) informal notes from Smith who explained Starboard Value’s plan for Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI).
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