Dine Brands Global, Inc. Appoints Thomas Song as Chief Financial Officer

May 7, 2018 at 6:20 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Calif., May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, today announced the appointment of Thomas Song as Chief Financial Officer, effective May 29, 2018.

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"Back in February, we outlined our plans for a complete strategic transformation of Dine Brands to return it back to a growth company. Our approach includes strengthening the leadership team and making strategic and meaningful investments. After a comprehensive nationwide search, during which we identified and evaluated a number of highly-qualified candidates, Tom emerged as the clear choice to become our next chief financial officer. Tom has a unique and varied background that includes over 20 years of experience in finance, M&A, development and franchising, delivering strong business results and creating significant value for shareholders," said Steve Joyce, Chief Executive Officer of Dine Brands Global, Inc. 

Mr. Joyce continued, "Having worked with Tom directly, I know what a gifted, results-driven leader he is and also value his skills as an excellent leader of people and team culture. I am excited about his joining the team and looking forward to having his ideal combination of skills, knowledge and experience in place as we execute our strategy for long-term growth."

Mr. Song serves as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Innovation of Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world's leading hotel companies, a position he has held since 2013.  In that role, Mr. Song led Choice Hotels' strategic growth initiatives, including corporate investment and acquisitions.  Prior to Choice Hotels, Mr. Song served as the Head of Corporate Development and Strategy for the Hanover Insurance Group where he was instrumental in executing the strategy for business portfolio management and optimization.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Song held positions in management consulting and investment banking.  Mr. Song graduated from the University of Chicago and earned his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Greggory H. Kalvin, the company's interim Chief Financial Officer, will continue in his role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller once Mr. Song joins the company. 

"I want to sincerely thank Gregg for his contributions and dedication as our interim chief financial officer during this transitional time for the company. He has been a fantastic partner and will continue to be an important and valued part of the company's go-forward strategy in his role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller," commented Mr. Joyce.

About Dine Brands Global, Inc.

Based in Glendale, California, Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), through its subsidiaries, franchises restaurants under both the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands.  With more than 3,700 restaurants combined in 18 countries and over 380 franchisees, Dine Brands is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the world. For more information on Dine Brands, visit the Company's website located at www.dinebrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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