Jeffrey C. Smith

Chairman at Papa John's Pizza

Jeff Smith was appointed to the Board in February 2019 and currently serves as Chairman. He is a Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard Value LP. Starboard is a New York City based investment advisor with a focused, fundamental, and active approach to investing in U.S. publicly traded companies. Over the last decade, Starboard has been among the most active change agent investors, having added or replaced over 200 board members on over 50 different public companies. Mr. Smith has served on many of these boards, including serving as chairman of the board of several companies including Darden Restaurants where Starboard successfully advocated for the replacement of Darden's entire board of directors in 2014. Jeff was named to the Nation’s Restaurant News Power List: The 50 Most Powerful People in Food Service in 2015 and Jeff was #62 on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List in 2016. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Advance Auto Parts and is a member of the board of Perrigo. Mr. Smith graduated from The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics.


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