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Denny's Corp. announces leadership changes that take effect Thursday.

Denny’s promotes CFO Mark Wolfinger to president

CEO John Miller to remain in CEO role; brand announces other leadership changes

Denny’s Corp. is promoting Mark Wolfinger, its chief financial officer, to president of the brand, taking some of CEO John Miller’s duties, the company said in a statement announcing leadership changes Tuesday.

The Spartanburg, S.C.-based family-dining brand said the promotions will be effective Thursday and include naming Robert Verostek as chief financial officer, to succeed Wolfinger, and John Dillon as executive vice president and chief brand officer.

“These key leadership changes represent the culmination of a multi-year planning process,” said Brenda Lauderback, Denny’s chairwoman, in a statement. “As chief executive officer, John Miller will continue to focus on our brand revitalization initiatives through his strategic and visionary leadership, while Mark Wolfinger will become more involved with broader aspects of daily business operations as president.”

Miller has served as CEO and president since joining Denny’s in 2011.  Miller will continue to lead the strategic direction of the company and remain a member of the Denny’s Corp. board.

Denny's President Mark Wolfinger.jpgWolfinger, left, served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer since April 2008 and as CFO since joining Denny’s in 2005.  He also will continue to serve as a director on Denny’s board.

Verostek has served as senior vice president of finance since late in 2016. He previously was named a vice president of financial planning, analysis and investor relations in 2012 and served in various roles since joining Denny’s in 1999.

Dillon has served as a senior vice president and chief brand officer since December 2018.  He served in various marketing roles since joining Denny’s in 2007.

As of Dec. 25, Denny’s had 1,703 franchised, licensed and company restaurants around the world.

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