Press Release

Denny's John Dillon Named One of Forbes' World's Most Influential CMOs


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Eliot Marcus, Allison+Partners

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (October 8, 2020) — Forbes, with research partners Sprinklr and LinkedIn, earlier this month announced their annual list of The World's Most Influential CMOs. Denny's Chief Brand Officer John Dillon is among the top 50 marketing leaders around the world who are redefining industries and creating a more diverse and equitable future within business, culture and society.

Uniquely understanding both consumers and customers, driving corporate growth agendas and representing and making clear what companies stand for are core to CMOs' and CBOs' influence. That's what the Forbes World's Most Influential CMOs list assesses each year.

“John Dillon is one of the smartest creative minds in the business, a valued colleague and a respected leader who has played an important role in guiding our company through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Denny's Chief Executive Officer John Miller. “He is responsible for spearheading our product and service innovation roadmap and has helped us build a culture rooted in purpose and defined by action.”

“The role of the Chief Marketing Officer goes beyond driving profit and facilitating marketing strategies,” said Jenny Rooney, Communities Director and CMO Network Chair, Forbes. “The CMOs on this year's list are driving conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion and redefining business to create growth and leave a lasting impact on business for the next decade to come.”

"This year, the challenges of the global pandemic have permanently shifted the role of the CMO into the role of the digital transformation leader. It's now clear that so many organizations have learned that putting the customer first is at the heart of digital transformation,” said Ragy Thomas, CEO and Founder, Sprinklr. “The leaders on the 2020 list of Forbes World's Most Influential CMOs have embraced change in a challenging year, demonstrating a focus on creating digital experiences for customers and highlighting what it takes to prepare your brand for long-term success.”

The CMOs and CBOs on this year's list embraced change in a challenging year, demonstrating leadership and creativity to earn their place on the 2020 list of Forbes World's Most Influential CMOs.

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny's Corporation is the franchisor and operator of one of America's largest full-service family restaurant chains, based on the number of restaurants. Denny's has approximately 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world including 147 restaurants in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Philippines, New Zealand, Honduras, the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Guam, Guatemala, the United Kingdom, El Salvador, Indonesia, and Aruba. For further information on Denny's, including news releases, please visit the Denny's website at or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn or YouTube.

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