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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Debra Smithart-Oglesby

60 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

John Miller

59 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

F. Mark Wolfinger

59 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Director

Christopher Bode

52 2014 Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President

John Dillon

44 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Timothy Flemming

54 2009 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer

Stephen Dunn

50 2011 Senior Vice President - Chief Global Development Officer

Jill Van Pelt

46 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Jose Gutierrez

54 2013 Director

Gregg Dedrick

56 2010 Independent Director

George Haywood

61 2011 Independent Director

Brenda Lauderback

65 2005 Independent Director

Robert Marks

63 2006 Independent Director

Donald Robinson

62 2008 Independent Director

Laysha Ward

48 2010 Independent Director

Whit Kincaid

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Debra Smithart-Oglesby

Ms. Debra L. Smithart-Oglesby is 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 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 in business administration from Southern Methodist University and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has served on the board of directors for CFO magazine where she currently holds a position on the advisory board.

John Miller

Mr. John C. Miller is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Denny's Corporation. He 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

Mr. F. Mark Wolfinger is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Director of the company. He 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.

Christopher Bode

Mr. Christopher D. Bode is Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer since October 2014. He 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

Mr. John W. Dillon is Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of Denny’s Corporation. 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 is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Denny's Corporation. 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 is Senior Vice President - Chief Global Development Officer of the company. 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.

Jill Van Pelt

Ms. Jill A. Van Pelt is Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer of 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.

Jose Gutierrez

Mr. Jose M. Gutierrez is Director of Denny's Corp. Mr. Gutiérrez has held senior executive positions at AT&T and brings nearly 25 years of experience in print and digital advertising, finance and operations in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Gutiérrez is currently President of Wholesale Solutions at AT&T. From 2010 to 2012, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Advertising Solutions where he successfully led the transition of the Yellow Pages segment from print to digital advertising, prior to the divestiture of the business into a newly formed company, YP Holdings LLC. Prior to that, he has held a number of senior executive positions at AT&T including President of Global Enterprise Solutions and President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Southwest (a.k.a. Southwestern Bell). Before joining AT&T, Mr. Gutiérrez worked as a licensed CPA and strategy consultant at KPMG. He also serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Dallas Museum of Art, Thompson Autism Foundation, Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri, and the AT&T Cotton Bowl. On January 23, 2013, the Board of Directors of Denny’s Corporation appointed Mr. Gutiérrez to serve as a director of the Company.

Gregg Dedrick

Mr. Gregg R. Dedrick is Independent Director of Denny’s Corporation. since July 15, 2010.Mr. Dedrick co-founded Whole Strategies, an organizational consulting firm, in 2009. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Concept Officer at KFC for five years where he led the development of the company’s grilled chicken product. He previously has served as Executive Vice President, People and Shared Services at Yum Brands, Chief People Officer at Yum Brands, and Senior Vice President Human Resources for Pizza Hut and KFC. On July 15, 2010, the Board of Directors of Denny’s Corporation appointed Mr. Dedrick to serve as a director of the Company.

George Haywood

Mr. George Weaver Haywood is 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 PingTone Communications, a private telecommunications company, and has formerly served as a director of XM Satellite Radio Inc. and Advanced Bionutrition Corp., a private biotechnology company.

Brenda Lauderback

Ms. Brenda J. Lauderback is Independent Director of Denny’s Corporation since June 2005. Ms. Lauderback experience includes footwear, apparel, and retail industry experience, corporate leadership experience, branded marketing experience, international operations experience, public company board experience and public company finance and accounting experience through audit committee service. 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 and is chair of three governance committees. Ms. Lauderback is a director of Big Lots, Inc., Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. and Select Comfort Corporation. Within the last five years, Ms. Lauderback also served as a director of Irwin Financial Corporation. Ms. Lauderback received her bachelor of science degree from Robert Morris University in 1972.

Robert Marks

Mr. Robert E. Marks is Independent Director of Denny’s Corporation. He has over 28 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. Mr. Marks has more than 15 years of public company board of directors experience, derived from his service at Denny’s Corporation and at Emeritus Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange, assisted living company based in Seattle with 2012 revenues of approximately $1.5 billion. During this time, he has served on the Audit and Finance, Compensation and Corporate Governance committees, as well as serving as the Chairman of the Board of Denny’s from 2004 to 2006. Also during this time, Mr. Marks headed up, from the Board of Directors’ perspective, the highly successful 2004 restructuring and refinancing at Denny’s Corporation, which was comprised of an equity infusion of $92 million; a public bond refinancing of $175 million; and a new senior secured credit facility of $420 million.

Donald Robinson

Mr. Donald C. Robinson is Independent Director of Denny's Corporation since 2008. Mr. Robinson currently serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer for All Aboard Florida, the country’s first privately owned intercity passenger rail system that will connect South Florida to Orlando. Mr. Robinson is responsible for developing the operational functions for the passenger rail project, including the procurement of rolling stock and engagement of third-party operators. Prior to this, from 2006 to 2012, he was the President of Baha Mar Resorts, and was responsible for the design, development, construction, and the opening of this Nassau, Bahamas based development. The $3.4 billion development includes a management contract with several major hotel and resort companies and features 2,200 hotel rooms, a 50,000 square foot retail village, 200,000 square feet of meeting space, approximately 30 restaurants, 23 acres of pools and activities, three spas, and a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. 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.

Laysha Ward

Ms. Laysha L. Ward is Independent Director of Denny's Corporation. Ms. Ward is an experienced senior executive with a track record of innovative leadership with a competitive Fortune 50 company. 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. As the current president of the Target Foundation, Ms. Ward’s experience and core skills are in communications, branding to enhance corporate strategy, marketing, demographic/segmentation customer relations, and strategic planning. She also leads Target’s volunteerism efforts, encouraging and providing opportunities for more than 350,000 team members, and oversees the company’s domestic and international grant making, community sponsorships, cause marketing initiatives and other civic activities. In 2008, President Bush nominated and the United States Senate confirmed Ms. Ward to serve on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grant maker for volunteering and service. Later that year, Target promoted Ms. Ward to President of Community Relations and the Target Foundation. Ms. Ward joined Target in 2000 as a director of community relations and was promoted to vice president of Community Relations and Target Foundation in 2003. In 1993, Ms. Ward served as Manager of Community Relations for Marshall Field’s, Chicago, where her responsibilities included handling corporate contributions, developing and marketing community initiatives, employee volunteerism, and United Way campaign activities for Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio for Field’s stores directly. Ms. Ward began her career in 1991 as a member of the store sales and management team of Marshall Field’s, Chicago.

Whit Kincaid