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Dine Brands has created a chief development officer role.

Dine Brands promotes Scott Gladstone to new chief development officer role

Dine Brands’ new CDO role is aimed at leveraging shared resources across its system to continue growing across its 18 international markets.

Dine Brands, parent company of Applebee’s, IHOP and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, has promoted Scott Gladstone to chief development officer. He will also continue to serve as the company’s international president and will oversee the global portfolio of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants across 18 international markets.

According to the company, the chief development officer role is a newly created position that was designed to leverage shared resources and drive franchisor capabilities across the Dine Brands’ system.

“We are positioning Dine Brands to take advantage of and aggressively pursue growth opportunities across each of our brands,” CEO John Peyton said in a statement. “Scott’s leadership, together with a realignment of and incremental addition to internal resources, expanded capabilities and targeted investments, will allow Dine to prioritize development as the key growth driver for near and long-term growth.”

Gladstone joined Dine Brands in 2016 as head of U.S. development for Applebee’s before expanding his role to include business analytics and consumer insights. He moved to Dine Brands in 2019 to oversee strategy. His previous experience includes project leadership at the Boston Consulting Group. Gladstone received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

“Each of our brands has meaningful whitespace for development, however development is not a one-size-fits-all solution for our brands, nor for our franchisees," Gladstone said in a statement. “We are uniquely positioned to combine the benefits of Dine’s scale with tailored support and expertise, and I look forward to leveraging this to support new and future franchisees in growing their portfolios of established brands and accelerating development opportunities across the platform.”

At the end of Q3, Dine Brands counted over 3,500 restaurants across its 18 international markets.

Contact Alicia Kelso at [email protected]

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