Denny’s has named Michael Furlow, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, as its new CIO and senior vice president of information technology. The move comes as Spartanburg, S.C.-based Denny’s puts more attention towards maximizing tech strategies. “Technology is critical to restaurants today, and Michael will be a welcome and instrumental member of our team as we continue to develop new ways of leveraging technology to better serve our guests,” Denny’s CEO John Miller said in a statement. “We look forward to having Michael’s deep knowledge of the restaurant industry coupled with his expertise in strategic technology development added to our capabilities. Michael’s track record in building solid, organized IT teams makes him an ideal fit for the role, and we are excited to welcome him to the team,” Miller added. Furlow was CIO at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews from October 2015 through April 2017. “Having spent my career in the restaurant industry, I have always admired Denny’s for its ability to evolve and adapt to best serve customers both in the U.S. and around the world,” Furlow said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to join the dynamic team of leaders at the company and look forward to leveraging technology to help support the company’s strategic objectives.” Previously, Furlow served as CIO for Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. and Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc. before his tenure at Red Robin. Alex Lewis had served as Denny’s CIO since 2009. In April, Lewis moved to a vice president role with a focus on strategic analytics. Denny’s has more than 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States and worldwide. – Source: Denny’s.
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