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Denny's has named a new chief operating officer

Denny’s names Alex Williams chief operating officer

The executive previously was COO of Moe’s Southwest Grill

Denny’s has named Alex Williams senior vice president and chief operating officer effective immediately, the family-dining chain said Monday.

Williams will oversee day-to-day operations and also “develop and execute a strategic vision for the operations of the Denny’s Brand,” the company based in Spartanburg, S.C., said in a release announcing his appointment. He replaces Chris Bode, who left last year.

He will report directly to president John Dillon.

Williams previously was COO of Moe’s Southwest Grill, and prior to that was regional vice president of operations at Outback Steakhouse. Before that he held regional management positions at McDonald’s and Starbucks.

"Alex possesses an impressive blend of operations expertise and restaurant industry credentials. As importantly, he is a collaborative, purpose-driven leader and has true passion for the Denny's brand," Dillon said in the release. "Alex's role will be pivotal in taking Denny's to the next level — ensuring that our world-class food and operational excellence continue to be the hallmark of the Denny's experience. I am thrilled to welcome Alex to the Denny's family."

Williams praised Denny’s for its heritage.

"Denny's is a true icon of the restaurant industry — a brand with a rich history and an even richer future," he said. "I cannot wait to join this incredible group of operators and franchisees to deliver an unparalleled experience for all our Denny's guests." 

Denny’s , which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, operates or franchises 1,594 restaurants, including 161 locations abroad. It also owns 52-unit Keke’s Breakfast Café.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

Correction: May 08, 2023
This article has been updated with information on who Alex Williams is replacing as chief operating officer.
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