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Julia A. Stewart
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Julia A. Stewart, a nearly 40-year veteran of the restaurant industry, serves as chairman and CEO of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE:  DIN). DineEquity is one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies, which she led the creation of in 2007 by merging Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants into a $7 billion dollar system sales company. DineEquity franchises and operates more than 3,500 restaurants globally in 18 countries under the Applebee’s and IHOP brands, with more than 400 independent franchisees and 175,000 team members at franchise and company-owned restaurants. The company is based in Glendale, CA.

Ms. Stewart has demonstrated proven expertise and leadership in brand revitalization and positioning.  Prior to creating DineEquity, she was the first woman CEO of IHOP in the chain’s 54-year history. She implemented significant shifts in strategy that invigorated the brand, strengthened its franchising position and improved the company’s financial performance by more than doubling system-wide sales.  IHOP is now the market share leader in family dining. After establishing DineEquity, Ms. Stewart utilized a similarly focused, consumer-centric strategy to restore Applebee’s to the leadership position in casual dining.

Prior to leading IHOP and then forming DineEquity, Ms. Stewart previously served as President of Applebee’s. Earlier in her career, she also held key executive positions with Taco Bell, Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Black Angus/Cattle Company and Spoons Grill & Bar.  Ms. Stewart’s lifelong passion for the restaurant business started with her first job as a teenage food server at IHOP in her native California.

Ms. Stewart is a founding member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), a vital industry organization dedicated to the development and advancement of women, and is the recipient of numerous industry awards.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the following organizations:

  • Avery Dennison (NYSE:  AVY), appointed in 2003
  • Children’s Bureau of Southern California, appointed in 2006
  • The Los Angeles Music Center, appointed in 2012

Ms. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from San Diego State University.  She also received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University.  She and her family reside in the Los Angeles area.

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