Julia Stewart chairman and chief executive at DineEquity Inc

Julia Stewart, chairman and chief executive at DineEquity Inc.

The Power List: No. 3 Julia Stewart

Part of the annual NRN 50 special report, The Power List profiles the 50 most powerful people who are leading and shaping change in the restaurant industry, as chosen by Nation’s Restaurant News.

Julia Stewart has been a force to behold for decades, and there’s no reason to stop watching yet.
Since she made her mark as president of the domestic division of Applebee’s International Inc. in the late 1990s, Stewart has repeatedly grabbed headlines for her business acumen, tenacity and twists of fate that might seem improbable.

Stewart — a marketer turned operator who has worked for such brands as Taco Bell, Burger King and Carl’s Jr. — he

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