GLENDALE, CA, Jul 27, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's
Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, announced the
appointment of Randi Val Morrison as senior vice president, legal,
secretary & general counsel effective today. Ms. Morrison succeeds
Mark Weisberger who will resign from the Company effective July 31,
2009 to pursue other opportunities.
Ms. Morrison served as senior vice president, general counsel &
secretary of CSK Auto Corporation, a nationwide retailer of automobile
parts and accessories, prior to its 2008 acquisition by O'Reilly
Automotive, Inc. At CSK, Ms. Morrison managed the Company's Legal
Department and served as secretary to the Board of Directors. Her
experience at CSK included all aspects of corporate governance;
compliance matters including those relative to the Securities and
Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange and state regulatory
issues; compensation and benefits; financing and capital raising; and
supervision and management of the risk management, internal audit,
and investor relations functions. Previously, she served on the
in-house legal teams at Venture Stores, Inc. and Del Webb
Corporation, where her practice focused on contracts and real
property acquisition, development and construction matters.
In her new position, Ms. Morrison will manage the legal affairs for
DineEquity and the Company's wholly-owned Applebee's and IHOP
business units. In this role, she will be responsible for matters
relating to corporate governance, public company compliance,
employment and risk management, as well as acting in partnership with
the Applebee's and IHOP leadership teams, employees and franchisees
to support strategic brand initiatives. Ms. Morrison joins the
senior executive team and will report to Julia A. Stewart, chairman
and chief executive officer of DineEquity.
Julia Stewart said, "Mark Weisberger has made substantial
contributions to the Company over his 15 years of service and we wish
him continued success as he embarks on the next chapter in his life.
We are fortunate to have identified an outstanding successor with
nearly 20 years of leadership and management experience in legal
departments at public companies. Randi brings to DineEquity not only
a wealth of knowledge about the law, but extensive experience in
matters that are directly relevant to DineEquity. She will be a
valuable asset to our team."
Ms. Morrison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from
Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University
School of Law.
About DineEquity, Inc.
Based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc., through its
subsidiaries, franchises and operates restaurants under the Applebee's
Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. With nearly 3,400
restaurants combined, DineEquity is the largest full-service
restaurant company in the world. For more information on DineEquity,
visit the Company's website located at www.dineequity.com.
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters
discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking
statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's news
releases, public statements and/or filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, which may cause the actual results to be
materially different than those expressed or implied in such
statements. These statements may be identified by their use of
forward looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expect,"
"believe," "plan," or other similar terminology. Forward-looking
information is provided by the Company pursuant to the safe harbor
established under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995 and should be evaluated in the context of these factors. In
addition, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update
these forward-looking statements.
Director, Investor Relations
SOURCE: DineEquity, Inc.