Darden Restaurants has named Matt Broad as general counsel and corporate secretary, effective as of Oct. 13.  In this role, Broad assumes responsibility for all legal affairs, including corporate governance, labor and employment law, development law, litigation and regulatory compliance. He will report to Darden CEO Gene Lee.

Most recently, Broad served as a consultant with Axiom, a provider of tech-enabled legal services. There he provided legal counsel to companies across various industries including food & beverage, manufacturing, and healthcare.

Prior to that, Broad served as general counsel and chief compliance officer for OfficeMax, responsible for legal affairs, corporate compliance and public policy. Before joining OfficeMax in 2004, Broad was associate general counsel with Boise Cascade, a manufacturer and distributor of forest products and distributor of office supplies.

Broad fills the position that has been open since the company's previous general counsel departed earlier this year.