"Our mission is to build, nurture and grow a Denny's culture that is diverse, inclusive and unquestionably equal. To be a place that employs all, buys from all, promotes all, serves all, and supports all as a natural extension of who we are."
John C. Miller Chief Executive Officer and President
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.
F. Mark Wolfinger Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Mark Wolfinger is Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Denny's Corporation and 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 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. Mr. Wolfinger previously served as CFO 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. Mr. Wolfinger is a member of Denny's Board of Directors.
Christopher D. Bode Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Christopher 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 W. Dillon Senior Vice President, Chief Brand Officer
John Dillon is Senior Vice President and Chief Brand 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.
Stephen C. Dunn Senior Vice President, Chief Global Development Officer
Stephen 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.
Michael L. Furlow Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Michael Furlow is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Denny’s Corporation and is responsible for all information technology functions, including technical strategy and alignment with business objectives, technical support and service, data platforms, and program management office. Mr. Furlow joined Denny’s in April 2017, bringing significant experience in IT leadership specific to the restaurant industry. Prior to joining Denny’s, Mr. Furlow held similar roles with other leading brands, most recently serving as CIO for Red Robin. Mr. Furlow received a bachelor’s degree with honors in Management Information Systems from Delta State University.
Jill A. Van Pelt Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer
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.
Robert P. Verostek Senior Vice President, Finance
Robert Verostek is Senior Vice President of Finance for Denny’s Corporation and is responsible for directing all financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, investor relations, procurement and information technology efforts. Mr. Verostek joined Denny’s in June 1999, has served in numerous leadership positions across the Finance and Accounting teams, and in 2012 was named Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis. Prior to joining Denny’s, Mr. Verostek held various accounting roles for Insignia Financial Group. Mr. Verostek received a bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics from Clemson University and is a Certified Public Accountant.