For over 65 years, Denny’s has been a welcoming place where people can connect over great food. We’re always open, always serving your favorites, and we’re proud to be America's diner.

The Principles


Guests First


They’re more than just customers or consumers. They’re our guests, and we invite them into our homes with open arms. They’re the very reason why we’re in business, and we put them at the center of everything we do.

The power of we


Our Denny's family is our most important asset. We trust, support and respect each other and work together for the greater good. We recognize the contributions of all.

Proud of our heritage


We are the classic American diner and proud of everything that means. Since 1953, we've served quality food and healthy portions at a fair price. No matter where we are, our light is always on, inviting guests around the world into a place where everyone is welcome.

Hungry to win


At Denny’s, we’re constantly looking ahead. We’re always moving, striving for more, hungry for greatness. We’re open to fresh, innovative thinking and believe we’ll succeed through teamwork, accountability and pushing the boundaries of ourselves and our Brand.

Embrace openness


"Open" means so much more than just being open 24/7. It means being open to all people, appetites and budgets. It says we're open-minded and open to new ideas. Honest, warm and inviting. "Open" is the way we think and act every hour of every day.

Careers Spotlight

Dawn Lafreeda


Dawn Lafreeda started her career as a Denny's waitress at age 16 and eventually bought her first Denny's restaurant at age 23. Today, Dawn is one of the largest single-owner franchisees with more than 80 Denny's locations that employ 3,000 people across the country.

Dawn Lafreeda
Meet Our

Leadership Team

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Sherri R. Landry

Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

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Alex D. Williams

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Brian Aga

Brian Aga

Vice President, Franchise Operations

Jim Batchler Smith

Jim Batchler-Smith

Vice President, Information Technology

Mark S. Burgess

Mark S. Burgess

Vice President, Real Estate and Business Development

David W. Coltrin

David W. Coltrin

Vice President, Guest Experience and Marketing Technology

Tyrone P Counts

Tyrone P. Counts

Vice President, Franchise Operations

George Crumpton

George S. Crumpton

Vice President, Procurement and Distribution

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Laurie R. Curtis

Vice President, Communications & Brand Integration

Erik P. Jensen

Erik P. Jensen

Vice President, Brand Engagement

April Kelly-Drummond

April L. Kelly-Drummond

Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Sharon Lykins

Sharon Lykins

Vice President, Product Development 

Fasika Melaku-Peterson

Fasika Melaku-Peterson

Vice President, Human Resources & Chief Learning Officer

Ross B. Nell

Ross B. Nell

Vice President, Tax and Treasurer

Curtis L. Nichols, Jr.

Curtis L. Nichols, Jr.

Vice President, Investor Relations and Financial Planning & Analysis

Scott Smalley

Scott F. Smalley

Vice President, Human Resources

Thomas M. Starnes

Thomas M. Starnes

Vice President, Brand Protection, Quality and Chief Food Safety Officer

Ramon Torres

Ramon Torres

Vice President, Operations Services



Brenda J. Lauderback

Board Chair; Retired; Former President of Wholesale and Retail Group of Nine West Group, Inc.


Bernadette S. Aulestia

Former Chief Revenue & Growth Officer, Callisto Media

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Olu Beck

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Beck Group NJ


Gregg R. Dedrick

Co-Founder, David Novak Leadership

José M. Gutiérrez

José M. Gutiérrez

Retired; President and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Southwestern Bell


John C. Miller

Retired; Chief Executive Officer, Denny's Corporation

Kelli Valade

Kelli F. Valade

Chief Executive Officer, Denny’s Corporation


Laysha Ward

Executive Vice President and Chief External Engagement Officer, Target Corporation


Social Responsibility

As America's Diner, we love to feed people's bodies, minds and souls. We bring joy and comfort in many ways, with the common thread being our dedication to giving back to the communities in which we serve.

Our Social Impact
Commitment To


By fostering a culture of openness, equity and inclusion, Denny's is proud to make diversity a top priority. That includes investing in team members, partners and suppliers from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as providing educational resources and scholarships to underserved and diverse students and communities.

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With a strong domestic and international presence at over 1650 restaurants, we are looking for experienced restaurant operators with a 24/7 drive to become part of our growing brand.


As a growing global company, Denny’s is committed to serving the best interests of our shareholders. Stay informed by accessing our latest financials, stock information as well as upcoming events.