John Miller is President and Chief Executive for Denny’s Corporation and is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company. Mr. Miller joined Denny’s in February 2011 and is an accomplished restaurant industry veteran, bringing more than 30 years of restaurant operations and management experience to the national diner chain. Prior to joining Denny’s, Mr. Miller served as CEO of Taco Bueno Restaurants, Inc. 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 is a member of Denny’s Board of Directors.
Mark Wolfinger 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. Wolfinger joined Denny's in September 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. Wolfinger previously served as CFO for Danka Business Systems and has held senior financial positions with Hollywood Entertainment, Metromedia Restaurant Group, the Grand Metropolitan PLC and operators of Bennigan's, Ponderosa Steakhouse and Steak & Ale restaurants.
Chris Bode is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Denny’s Corporation and 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.
John Dillon is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Denny’s Corporation and 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.
Steve Dunn is Senior Vice President of Global Development for Denny’s Corporation and 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.
Tim Flemming is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for Denny’s Corporation, 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.
Jill Van Pelt is Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Denny’s Corporation and 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.