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Dennys Corp (DENN.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Debra Smithart-Oglesby

62 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

John Miller

61 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

F. Mark Wolfinger

61 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Director

Robert Verostek

45 2016 Senior Vice President - Finance

Christopher Bode

54 2014 Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President

Michael Furlow

59 2017 Senior Vice President - Information Technology, Chief Information Officer

John Dillon

45 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Timothy Flemming

56 2009 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer

Stephen Dunn

52 2015 Senior Vice President, Chief Global Development Officer

Jill Van Pelt

48 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Gregg Dedrick

57 2010 Independent Director

Jose Gutierrez

55 2013 Independent Director

George Haywood

64 2011 Independent Director

Brenda Lauderback

66 2005 Independent Director

Robert Marks

65 2006 Independent Director

Donald Robinson

64 2008 Independent Director

Laysha Ward

49 2010 Independent Director

Curt Nichols

2016 Sr. Director, Investor Relations & Financial Analysis

Biographies

Name Description

Debra Smithart-Oglesby

Ms. Debra L. Smithart-Oglesby serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of Denny's Corporation. Ms. Smithart-Oglesby currently serves as the President of O/S Partners, which provides investment capital and consulting services to early-stage start-up companies in the food service and specialty retail industries. She served as a consultant with the title of Interim Chief Executive Officer of Denny’s Corporation from June 2010 through January 2011. Prior to joining O/S Partners in 2000, Ms. Smithart-Oglesby served as the Chief Financial Officer for Dekor, Inc., an early-stage retail start-up company in the home improvement/decorating industry. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Smithart-Oglesby served as the President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer for FirstAmerica Automotive, where she directed all financial, administrative and strategic planning functions for the automotive dealership retailer and consolidator that generated $1.6 billion in revenue. Prior to joining FirstAmerica Automotive, from 1985 to 1997, Ms. Smithart-Oglesby worked at Brinker International, a multi-concept casual dining restaurant company which operates Chili’s Grill & Bar, On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, serving on the board of directors (from 1991 to 1997), as well as serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, where she provided strategic direction and managed the financial and administrative functions for the company with sales of $1.8 billion and more than 800 locations internationally. Ms. Smithart-Oglesby’s early career experience includes audit, controller and accountant positions with companies including Coopers and Lybrand, OKC Liquidating Trust, and New York Merchandise Co. Ms. Smithart-Oglesby earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.

John Miller

Mr. John C. Miller serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Denny's Corporation. Mr. Miller is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the Company. Mr. Miller joined the Company in February 2011 and is an accomplished restaurant industry veteran, bringing more than 30 years of restaurant operations and management experience to the Company. Prior to joining Denny’s, Mr. Miller served as Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bueno Restaurants, Inc. (2005-2011). He also spent 17 years with Brinker International where he held numerous management positions, including President of Romano’s Macaroni Grill and President of Brinker’s Mexican Concepts, responsible for overseeing On the Border and Cozymel’s. Earlier in his career, Mr. Miller held various operations and restaurant management positions at Unigate Restaurant/Casa Bonita in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Miller currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Wilberforce University.

F. Mark Wolfinger

Mr. F. Mark Wolfinger serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Director of the Company. He is responsible for the overall financial direction of the Company, including planning and analysis, as well as development and strategic alternative delivery initiatives, Information Technology and Legal. Mr. Wolfinger joined the Company in 2005, bringing a wealth of retail and restaurant experience as well as strategic and financial knowledge that help strengthen the brand and solidify the Company’s capital structure. Mr. Wolfinger previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Danka Business Systems and has held senior financial positions with Hollywood Entertainment, Metromedia Restaurant Group (operators of Bennigan’s, Ponderosa Steakhouse and Steak & Ale restaurants), and the Grand Metropolitan PLC. Mr. Wolfinger received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English from Denison University and a master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Robert Verostek

Mr. Robert P. Verostek serves as Senior Vice President - Finance of the Company. Mr. Verostek has been Senior Vice President, Finance since October 2016. He previously served as Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis and Investor Relations from January 2012 to October 2016.

Christopher Bode

Mr. Christopher D. Bode serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer since October 2014. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Operations from January 2013 to October 2014, as Divisional Vice President, Franchise Operations from January 2012 to January 2013 and as Vice President, Operations Initiatives from March 2011 to January 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bode served as Chief Operating Officer of QSR Management, LLC (a franchisee of Dunkin’ Donuts) from 2008 to 2010. He is responsible for directing all of the company and franchise operations and operations services, among other responsibilities. Mr. Bode joined Denny’s in March 2011, bringing strong planning, financial and management, organizational leadership, project management, information technology and human resources experience. Prior to joining Denny’s, Mr. Bode served as Chief Operating Officer of QSR Management, LLC (a franchisee of Dunkin’ Donuts) and Vice President of Development & Construction of Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. Mr. Bode was a United States Navy Communications Specialist from 1980 to 1984.

Michael Furlow

Mr. Michael Furlow is Senior Vice President - Information Technology, Chief Information Officer of the company. Prior to joining Denny's, Mr. Furlow served as CIO for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers from October 2015 to April 2017, where he helped improve the company's business model and environments with effective technology tactics and execution. He previously spent four years as SVP of IT and CIO at CEC Entertainment. Before that, Mr. Furlow spent six years at Brinker International as Senior Vice President of Information Systems. He previously held CIO positions at both Dunkin Brands and Einstein Noah Restaurant Group. Mr. Furlow received his Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Information Systems from Delta State University.

John Dillon

Mr. John W. Dillon serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of Denny’s Corporation. Mr. Dillon has been Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer since October 2014. He previously served as Vice President, Brand and Field Marketing from June 2013 to October 2014 and as Vice President, Marketing from July 2008 to June 2013. He is responsible for directing all of the marketing efforts for Denny’s, including the development and execution of marketing strategies and initiatives, brand positioning, advertising campaigns and menu development. Mr. Dillon joined Denny’s in June 2007, bringing a wealth of experience in consumer branding and marketing strategy. Prior to joining Denny’s, Mr. Dillon held multiple marketing leadership positions with various organizations, including 10 years with YUM! Brands/Pizza Hut, and was Vice President of Marketing for the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets. Mr. Dillon holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Analysis from Baylor University.

Timothy Flemming

Mr. Timothy E. Flemming serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer of Denny's Corporation. Mr. Flemming has been Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer since March 2009. He previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer from June 2008 to March 2009. He managing all the Company’s legal affairs while collaborating on Brand Protection and building services. He devotes most of his time to franchise matters. Mr. Flemming joined the Company in April 1993 and has been General Counsel for Denny's since 2008 after having served in the same capacity for the primary subsidiaries since 2005. Mr. Flemming has additional food service experience as Assistant General Counsel of Compass Group, North America. Prior to joining Denny’s, Mr. Flemming was in private practice. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Yale Law School.

Stephen Dunn

Mr. Stephen C. Dunn serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Global Development Officer of the Company. Mr. Dunn has been Senior Vice President, Chief Global Development Officer since July 2015. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Development from April 2011 to July 2015 and Vice President, Company and Franchise Development from September 2005 to April 2011. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of global restaurant development. Mr. Dunn joined Denny’s in October 2004, bringing significant experience in franchising and restaurant development. Prior to joining Denny’s, Mr. Dunn held executive-level positions with Church's Chicken, El Pollo Loco, Mr. Gatti's and TCBY. Mr. Dunn holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas and was an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. He has earned the distinction of CFE, Certified Franchise Executive, by the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation.

Jill Van Pelt

Ms. Jill A. Van Pelt serves as Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer of Denny's Corporation. Ms. Van Pelt has been Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer since October 2014. She previously served as Vice President, Human Resources from October 2008 to October 2014. She is responsible for all human resources functions including compensation, benefits, recruiting, employee relations, organizational and executive development, human resources systems, payroll, and local community and charitable activities. Additionally, she is significantly involved in internal communications, crisis management, and corporate social responsibility. Ms. Van Pelt joined Denny's in April 2006 as Senior Director of Total Rewards and in 2008 was named Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining Denny's, Van Pelt held positions in Accounting, Human Resources Systems, and Human Resources for Maytag, Coastal Corporation, and Dynegy. Ms. Van Pelt holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and French from Clarke College, and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Houston Baptist University. Ms. Van Pelt is actively involved in the local community and sits on several community/non-profit boards.

Gregg Dedrick

Mr. Gregg R. Dedrick serves as Independent Director of Denny’s Corporation., since July 15, 2010. Mr. Dedrick has held various senior executive positions at KFC, Yum Brands, Pepsi-Cola and Pizza Hut with nearly 30 years of experience in operations and organizational resource planning in franchised-based consumer and restaurant systems. From 2003-2008 he served for five years as the President and Chief Concept Officer of KFC. During that time he led the revitalization of the brand including a refreshing of the logo, a new advertising campaign, a new restaurant design and multiple new products (among them were Snackers, Famous Bowls and the Grilled Chicken product). Prior to that he served in several senior leadership roles including five years as Executive Vice President of Yum Brands where he was responsible for several corporate staff functions (HR, IT, Shared Services) and was on the original executive team responsible for the design and execution of the “spin-off” of the company from PepsiCo in 1997. He is credited with being the architect of the culture and design of the new Yum organization. Upon leaving his corporate career, Mr. Dedrick co-founded Whole Strategies, an organizational consulting firm, in 2009. He is a past Director at Summit Energy - a private energy company which was subsequently sold to Schneider Electric. He also serves on several non-profit boards. Mr. Dedrick graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1981.

Jose Gutierrez

Mr. Jose M. Gutierrez serves as Independent Director of Denny's Corp. Mr. Gutiérrez, who retired in September 2016 as Senior Executive Vice President, Executive Operations, AT&T Services, Inc., is a telecom executive with nearly 25 years of experience in the industry, successfully leading a range of AT&T business units during his tenure with the company. Prior to December 2014, Mr. Gutiérrez served as President, AT&T Wholesale Solutions, where he was responsible for leading the organization that provides a full portfolio of industry-leading telecommunications solutions -- including end-to-end voice, data, mobility, IP, outsourcing and professional service solutions -- to wholesale customers in more than 150 countries. Additionally, Mr. Gutiérrez has served as President and CEO of AT&T Advertising Solutions, President of AT&T Global Enterprise Solutions, President and CEO of AT&T Southwest (also known as Southwestern Bell), and President of Industry Markets. He also has held other key leadership roles at the company, including Managing Director of Investor Relations, General Manager of the Texas Region of SBC Wireless, and Executive Director of Mergers and Acquisitions. Before joining AT&T, Mr. Gutiérrez worked as a licensed CPA and strategy consultant at KPMG. Mr. Gutiérrez is a member of the Strategic Development Board at University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business, a member of the Missouri 100 Advisory Board and serves as the Co-Chairman of the National Campaign at the University of Missouri. He is Vice-Chairman of the Thompson Foundation for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and formerly served as a board member of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth and as a member of the board of trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art. Mr. Gutiérrez also currently serves as a director of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., a soft drink company.

George Haywood

Mr. George Weaver Haywood serves as Independent Director of Denny’s Corporation., since September 13, 2011. Mr. Haywood is a self-employed private investor with over 20 years of experience as a financial entrepreneur. He has personally held over 5% ownership interests in 15 public companies advising many of them on governance and strategy as the largest individual investor. Prior to being self-employed, Mr. Haywood was the Director of Corporate and High Yield Bond Investments for Moore Capital Management, the world’s third-largest hedge fund. During this time, Mr. Haywood was responsible for managing a portfolio that consisted of high-yield bonds and investment-grade corporate bonds in excess of $1 billion, issued by a wide range of companies, domestic and foreign, across many different industries. Additionally, Mr. Haywood held three different positions (from 1982 to 1994) at Lehman Brothers, an investment banking firm, starting out as a Corporate Bond Trader, then as a Managing Director, head of corporate bond trading, and then as Managing Director and proprietary trader. Mr. Haywood received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University in 1974. He is currently a director of Fannie Mae, a mortgage loan company, and has formerly served as a director of XM Satellite Radio Inc., PingTone Communications, a private telecommunications company, and Advanced Bionutrition Corp., a private biotechnology company.

Brenda Lauderback

Ms. Brenda Joyce Lauderback serves as Independent Director of Denny’s Corporation since June 2005. Ms. Lauderback has more than 25 years of experience in the retail industry and more than 35 collective years of experience on public company boards. From 1995 until her retirement in 1998, Ms. Lauderback was president of the Wholesale and Retail Group of Nine West Group, Inc., a footwear wholesaler and distributor. She previously was the President of the Wholesale Division of U.S. Shoe Corporation, a footwear manufacturer and distributor, a position that included responsibility for offices in China, Italy and Spain, and was a Vice President/General Merchandise Manager of Dayton Hudson Corporation, a retailer. Ms. Lauderback has collective experience of more than 20 years on audit, compensation and governance committees of public company boards, chairing the governance committees of three different public companies. Ms. Lauderback currently serves as the Board Chair of Denny's and is also a director of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. and Select Comfort Corporation. Within the last five years, Ms. Lauderback has also served as a director of Big Lots, Inc. Ms. Lauderback received her Bachelor of Science degree from Robert Morris University in 1972. Ms. Lauderback is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow. She has demonstrated her commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD's comprehensive program of study for directors and governance professionals. She supplements her skill sets through ongoing engagement with the director community, and access to leading practices.

Robert Marks

Mr. Robert E. Marks is Independent Director of Denny’s Corporation. Mr. Marks has over 30 years of private equity investment and monitoring experience in 15 different industries, the result of his employment as a Managing Director of Carl Marks & Co. Inc (1982 – 1994) and his ownership of Marks Ventures LLC (1994 to present). This experience includes responsibility for all facets of leverage buyout investments such as sourcing and analyzing transactions, raising capital, negotiating agreements, and sitting on the boards of directors of investee companies to monitor progress, decide on refinancing options, and ultimately to decide on the realization of the investment. In addition, he has reviewed literally hundreds of possible investments, including performing detailed due diligence on dozens of companies. This work has instilled a deep appreciation for what makes a successful company, and what the true risks of a business venture might be. Prior to his private equity investing experience, Mr. Marks obtained Wall Street corporate finance experience from 1978 – 1982 as an associate at Dillon, Read & Co., Inc., an investment banking firm, where he began working after he received a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and general management from Harvard Business School. From 1974 to 1976, he worked for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, performing research and analysis on the economic fundamentals underpinning particular loan proposals. In 1974, Mr. Marks received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics from Stanford University with distinction and Departmental Honors and was selected to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2012, Mr. Marks was appointed to serve on the Stanford University Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations, which is responsible for selecting members to the university’s board of trustees. Mr. Marks is currently a director of Trans World Entertainment Corporation and Terra Income Fund 6.

Donald Robinson

Mr. Donald C. Robinson serves as Independent Director of Denny's Corporation since 2008. Mr. Robinson currently is retired from a hospitality consulting firm, Potcake Holdings, LLC, which is involved in a variety of consulting roles. He previously was the President and Chief Operating Officer for All Aboard Florida from 2013 to 2015, which is the country's first privately owned intercity passenger rail system that will connect South Florida to Orlando. Mr. Robinson was responsible for developing the operational functions for the passenger rail project, including the procurement of rolling stock and engagement of third-party operators. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Robinson served as the President of Baha Mar Resorts, and was responsible for the design, development, construction, and the operational planning for this Nassau, Bahamas based development. Mr. Robinson received his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from The University of Central Florida while he worked full-time in Food & Beverage Operations at The Walt Disney World Resort. During his 33 year career with Disney, he was involved with the opening phase of two theme parks, one water park, a retail/dining/entertainment venue, and 12 resort hotels on three continents. Mr. Robinson served as the General Manager of three Disney resorts, including Disneyland Paris’ Newport Bay Club in Marne-La-Valle, France, and assisted in the planning and development of two resort hotels in Tokyo, Japan, working with the Oriental Land Company owners. While in Hong Kong, Mr. Robinson served on the board of directors of Hong Kong International Theme Parks Limited and while in the Bahamas he was an executive director of the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board. Mr. Robinson currently serves as a director of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

Laysha Ward

Ms. Laysha L. Ward serves as Independent Director of Denny's Corporation. Ms. Ward began her career with Target in 1991 as a member of the store sales and management team of Marshall Fields in Chicago, where her responsibilities included handling corporate contributions, community initiatives, employee volunteerism and United Way campaign activities for Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin Fields stores. She was named Director of Community Relations in 2000 and was promoted to Vice President of Community Relations and the Target Foundation in 2003. In 2008, President Bush nominated and the U.S. Senate confirmed Ms. Ward to serve on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grantmaker for volunteering and service. Later that year, she was promoted to President of Community Relations and the Target Foundation. She also serves on the board of directors of the Executive Leadership Council and the Latinos and Society Advisory board, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, an international women's service organization. Ms. Ward received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Social Services Administration from the University of Chicago. She has demonstrated an ability to lead through rapid change, solve problems and build innovative community programs while collaborating with internal and external partners to support organizational goals and objectives. Her core skills are in communications, branding to enhance corporate strategy, marketing, demographic/segmentation customer relations, and strategic planning.

Curt Nichols