Denny’s Corporation today announced the appointment of Michael Furlow as senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer (CIO). Mr. Furlow is a seasoned restaurant executive with more than 30 years of restaurant and technology experience at several restaurant brands, including most recently as CIO at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. In this role, Furlow will be responsible for leading all aspects of Denny’s IT functions, influencing the brand’s business performance through the implementation of technology.
“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," says John Miller, CEO of Denny’s. "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."
Prior to joining Denny’s, Furlow served as CIO for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers from October 2015 to April 2017, where he helped improve the company’s business model and environments with effective technology tactics and execution. He previously spent four years as SVP of IT and CIO at CEC Entertainment. Before that, Furlow spent six years at Brinker International as senior vice president of information systems. He previously held CIO positions at both Dunkin Brands and Einstein Noah Restaurant Group. Furlow received his Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems from Delta State University.
“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 says. “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.”