Washington, D.C. 20549




Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)  August 22, 2022

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

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2202 North West Shore Boulevard, Suite 500, Tampa, FL 33607
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Item 5.02    Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

Board Appointments
On August 22, 2022, upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (the “Company”), the Board increased the size of the Board from nine (9) directors to eleven (11) directors and appointed Julie Kunkel and Melanie Marein-Efron as directors of the Company, effective August 22, 2022. Ms. Kunkel and Ms. Marein-Efron will both serve as Class I directors, which class will stand for re-election at the 2023 annual meeting of stockholders. Ms. Kunkel and Ms. Marein-Efron will also be appointed as members of the Board’s Audit Committee.

Ms. Kunkel, age 60, served as a Partner in the Financial Accounting Advisory Services group of Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) from 2015 until her retirement in 2021. Ms. Kunkel joined EY in 1984 and held various audit and assurance positions, focusing on all sectors of consumer products and retail.

Ms. Marein-Efron, age 53, currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Urban Outfitters, Inc. (“Urban Outfitters”), a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain, Menus & Venus, and Nuuly, a position she has held since December of 2020. Ms. Marein-Efron joined Urban Outfitters in 2013 and held positions focusing on financial planning and analysis, long-range planning, and business development until her promotion to Chief Financial Officer.

There is no arrangement or understanding between either Ms. Kunkel or Ms. Marein-Efron and any other person pursuant to which either was appointed as a director. Ms. Kunkel and Ms. Marein-Efron were identified through a national search conducted by the Diversified Search Group. There are no family relationships between Ms. Kunkel or Ms. Marein-Efron and any director or other executive officer of the Company nor are there any transactions between Ms. Kunkel or Ms. Marein-Efron or any member of either of their immediate families and the Company or any of its subsidiaries that would be reportable as a related party transaction under the rules of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

As non-employee directors, Ms. Kunkel and Ms. Marein-Efron will be entitled to receive the standard cash and equity compensation for non-employee directors, as follows:
$90,000 annual retainer for service on the Board;
$15,000 annual retainer for service on the Audit Committee; and
Annual award of restricted stock units of the Company with a fair market value equal to $150,000.

The cash and equity compensation described above will be pro-rated based on the date Ms. Kunkel and Ms. Marein-Efron are appointed to the Board. The award of restricted stock units described above, will vest on the date of the first annual meeting of stockholders following the grant date. Ms. Kunkel and Ms. Marein-Efron are also entitled to receive reimbursement of their reasonable travel expenses incurred in connection with their attendance at Board and committee meetings.

Ms. Kunkel and Ms. Marein-Efron each entered into the Company’s standard indemnification agreement, the form of which was filed as an exhibit to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-1 filed on April 6, 2012, as amended (Registration No. 333-180615).

The Board has determined that Ms. Kunkel and Ms. Marein-Efron satisfy the definition of “independent director” under the Nasdaq listing standards, including the requirements with respect to service on the Audit Committee.

On August 24, 2022, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Ms. Kunkel and Ms. Marein-Efron to the Board. A copy of the press release is filed with this Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01    Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits.

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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date:August 24, 2022By:/s/ Kelly Lefferts
 Kelly Lefferts
 Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

NEWSExhibit 99.1
Cathie Koch
Group Vice President, Corporate Affairs
(813) 830-5127 

Bloomin’ Brands Announces Additions to Board of Directors
Julie Kunkel and Melanie Marein-Efron Join the Board

TAMPA, Fla (August 24, 2022) – Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLMN) today announced that Julie Kunkel and Melanie Marein-Efron will join the company’s Board of Directors. With their appointment, the Board increases its size from nine to 11 members. They will both serve as Class I directors and will stand for re-election at the 2023 annual stockholders meeting; they will also serve on the Board’s Audit Committee.
Kunkel served as a Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services at Ernst & Young from 2015 until she retired in 2021. She joined the firm in 1984 and held various financial leadership positions during her tenure. She has provided financial leadership on several non-profit boards and is an executive coach.
Marein-Efron currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Urban Outfitters. She has held various financial leadership positions within Urban Outfitters, as well as the Campbell Soup Company, and Godiva Chocolatier. She began her 32-year career at Arthur Anderson & Company.
“Julie and Melanie bring a depth and breadth of financial and consumer insight that will help us reach our Total Shareholder Return commitment,” said James Craigie, Chairman of the Board at Bloomin’ Brands. “Julie’s experience in all sectors of retail, especially the food and agriculture sectors, will complement the expertise of our existing Board members. Melanie’s active finance and business development background makes her well-suited to ensure we have expert financial controls and provide guidance relative to our growth goals.”
“I look forward to working with Julie and Melanie as they share their experience with our Board,” said David Deno, Chief Executive Officer at Bloomin’ Brands. “They will serve as a great resource as we accelerate the growth phase of this business.”
The new positions filled by Marein-Efron and Kunkel became effective August 22, 2022.
About Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.
Bloomin' Brands, Inc. is one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world with a portfolio of leading, differentiated restaurant concepts. The Company has four founder-inspired brands: Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. The Company owns and operates more than 1,450 restaurants throughout 47 states, Guam and 15 countries, some of which are franchise locations. For more information, please visit