Applebee’s Services Inc. has named Steven Layt senior vice president of operations, the company said Thursday.
Layt will begin the new position effective immediately, replacing former senior vice president of operations Sam Rothschild who left the company in September.
Layt will provide strategic direction and focus on day-to-day management of domestic operations for the DineEquity Inc. brand that operates and franchises Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants, and will report directly to Applebee’s president Mike Archer, the company said.
“Steve will bring a tremendous blend of experience and fresh thinking to our brand,” Archer said in a statement. “Applebee’s is in the midst of a system-wide revitalization initiative, updating everything from our menu to our buildings. Steve’s leadership will help guide the brand during a critical time in our growth.”
Layt, a 23-year foodservice industry veteran, most recently served as chief operating officer and executive vice president of Buffet Holdings Inc. Prior to that he was head coach for Yum! Brands Inc.’s Pizza Hut division in the eastern United States.
Applebee’s is the world’s largest casual-dining chain, with more than 2,00 locations in 49 states, 15 countries and one U.S. territory.
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