Brenda J. Lauderback

by Justin Cates
Brenda J. Lauderback
Chairman, Board of Directors
Denny’s, Inc.

Brenda J. Lauderback is the Chairman of the Board for Denny’s, Inc. (DENN), the franchisor and operator of the nation’s largest family dining restaurant operator that has more than $2 billion annual sales. She also serves on the Boards of Sleep Number and Wolverine World Wide Corporations.

The Pittsburgh native began her career in retailing at the Gimbel’s Department store, then rose to a merchandise buyer at Dayton-Hudson in Minneapolis, now known as Target.

Lauderback became the company’s first African American to hold the position of Vice President and General Manager for shoes, cosmetics, accessories and intimate apparel. She moved to U.S. Shoe Corporation, later acquired by Nine West Group, LLC, to serve as President of the wholesale and manufacturing division and was responsible for all the company’s foreign offices.

In 2022, Lauderback received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from The White House for her decades-long commitment to building stronger communities through volunteerism. This is the highest civil volunteerism award that’s presented by the President of the United States.

Lauderback has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Robert Morris University.

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