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Denny’s hires Latino diversity executive

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 9, 2007

Louis Laguardia 

Louis Laguardia, vice president, Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Denny’s

Photo: Denny’s

Spartanburg, South Carolina – Denny’s named Louis Laguardia to the new position of vice president, Talent Acquisition and Diversity.  Laguardia is expected to provide hiring best practices and promote diversity efforts to ensure Denny’s attracts and retains high-performing and diverse talent at more than 1,500 restaurants and in support positions. Most recently, Laguardia was vice president of Staffing and Diversity for Frito Lay North America.

“We are pleased to have such a results-driven executive as Louis join Denny’s to help us build our internal leadership pipeline which is essential to the long-term success of our brand,” said Yvonne Wolf, Denny’s chief people officer. “Louis is a perfect example of the importance of finding the right leaders for Denny’s.”

Laguardia has over 25 years of experience in human resources, diversity and general management. He has held senior leadership positions for American Express Consumer Card Group, Blockbuster and H.E.B Grocery Company. He was also president and CEO of a privately-owned entity specializing in human resources consulting.

A native of Cuba, Laguardia has a master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology and a doctorate in research and measurement from New York University. He is based at Denny’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest family restaurant chains, consisting of 526 company-owned units and 1,024 franchised units. It has operations in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Guam, Mexico, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. 

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