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Denny’s names Emplit COO in management tweak

SPARTANBURG S.C. Denny’s Corp. has promoted Janis Emplit to chief operating officer as part of a management reorganization that now has four “C”-level positions reporting directly to the family-dining company’s president and chief executive, Nelson Marchioli.

In announcing the realignment, Denny’s also disclosed that Mark Chmiel, chief brand and concept innovation officer, is serving as chief marketing officer until a permanent appointee is named. The CMO’s post has been vacant since Margaret Jenkins resigned last August, a Denny’s spokeswoman said.

Rounding out the tier of executives directly below Marchioli are Mark Wolfinger, chief financial officer, who is assuming the additional duties of chief administrative officer on a permanent basis. The CAO’s post has been vacant for some time, the spokeswoman said.

Emplit was previously senior vice president of sales and company operations. The COO’s job is a new post for Denny’s.

Denny’s operates 394 family restaurants and franchises or licenses 1,152 additional stores.

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