Sarah Cannon-Foster takes new role as CPO of Dine Brands effective April 17, 2023
GLENDALE, Calif., April 03, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar®, IHOP® and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® restaurants, announced today that Sarah Cannon-Foster will be the company’s new Chief People Officer, effective April 17, 2023. Sarah was previously Vice President, Human Resources, U.S. Healthcare at Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Cannon-Foster is a veteran human resources leader with over 30 years of experience. Prior to Walgreens, Sarah spent 30 years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, now Marriott International. There, she led HR direction for 16,000+ associates in 57 hotels in the western US region, and co-created Starwood’s breakthrough development program with a focus on developing women and people of color into key general manager and executive committee roles.
“Sarah’s extensive experience and success in leading human resources functions, particularly across the hospitality and services industries, makes her a key asset on our leadership team,” states Dine Brands CEO, John Peyton. “We all look forward to working with and learning from Sarah in the months to come.”
At Walgreens Boots Alliance – the largest retail pharmacy in the U.S. and Europe with a presence in nine countries – Cannon-Foster led several new initiatives, including supporting all functions in WBA’s newest business segment, U.S. Healthcare, a technology-enabled care model designed to bring equitable and personalized healthcare to local communities across America.
“It is a privilege to join Dine Brands Global as its new Chief People Officer, a company whose restaurants I have long enjoyed,” says Sarah Cannon-Foster. “Dine sits at a pivotal juncture filled with tremendous possibilities and growth, and I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with our talented team members.”
In this new role, Sarah’s primary objective is tapping into and unlocking the full potential of Dine Brands talent. In the first 100 days, she will focus on understanding the fabric of the brands, collaborating with leadership and ultimately, identifying areas where the team can grow and develop its talent. Sarah will also prioritize establishing relationships across Dine Brands teams, franchisees, and restaurant teams, to identify how and where HR can best partner, drive impact, and help accelerate the company’s overall goals.