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Applebee's-IHOP parent Dine Brands Global Inc. names Sarah Cannon-Foster as chief people officer. She will assume the post April 17.

Dine Brands names Sarah Cannon-Foster chief people officer

Applebee’s-IHOP parent hires former Walgreens executive, who will assume the post April 17

Dine Brands Global Inc., parent to Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar, IHOP and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, has named Sarah Cannon-Foster as chief people officer, the company said Monday.

Dine-Brands-Global-chief-people-officer-Sarah-Cannon-Foster.jpgCannon-Foster will assume the role April 17, the Glendale, Calif.-based company said. She most recently served as vice president of human resources for U.S. Healthcare at Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Cannon-Foster is a veteran human resources leader with over 30 years of experience. Prior to Walgreens, Sarah spent 30 years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, now Marriott International.

“Sarah’s extensive experience and success in leading human resources functions, particularly across the hospitality and services industries, makes her a key asset on our leadership team,” said John Peyton, Dine Brands CEO, in a statement. “We all look forward to working with and learning from Sarah in the months to come.”

At Walgreens Boots Alliance, Cannon-Foster led several initiatives, including supporting all functions in WBA’s newest business segment, U.S. Healthcare, a technology-enabled care model.

“It is a privilege to join Dine Brands Global as its new chief people officer, a company whose restaurants I have long enjoyed,” said Cannon-Foster. “Dine sits at a pivotal juncture filled with tremendous possibilities and growth, and I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with our talented team members.”

Dine Brands Global under its three brands has more than 3,400 restaurants in 16 countries and 338 franchisees as of Dec. 31.

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