Dine Brands picks next general counsel from in-house

Mar 22, 2021
Christine Son is currently vice president and deputy general counsel

Glendale, California-based Dine Brands Global is promoting Christine Son to become senior vice president for legal, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective April 23.

In addition to legal, Son will oversee risk management, franchise administration, government relations and internal audit at the company, which is the parent of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP restaurants. She is at present vice president and deputy general counsel.

Son will succeed Bryan Adel, who has decided to retire from Dine Brands Global, effective April 23, having joined the company a decade ago. He has also led the risk management, quality assurance, franchise administration, cyber-security, communications, government relations and internal audit departments.

Before joining the company, Adel was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Viant Holdings, which provides cost-management services for the healthcare industry. Earlier in his career, he held legal and business positions with McDonald’s Corporation.

‘As a leader of character and integrity, Bryan has served as a trusted adviser to the board of directors, and I cannot thank him enough for his extraordinary contributions and strategic counsel over the years,’ board chair Richard Dahl says in a statement.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Son joined Dine Brands Global almost 10 years ago, having previously worked as an attorney at Roll Law Group and Sidley Austin.

‘Christine has a long and successful track record with the company, working with both the IHOP and Applebee’s leadership teams. [She] is an accomplished attorney with a keen knowledge of and focus on the business; she will be an outstanding general counsel,’ CEO John Peyton says in announcing the changes.

‘Bryan and Christine have been great partners. We appreciate the leadership Bryan has provided over the last 10 years at Dine as our general counsel and we look forward to a smooth transition with Christine in her new role.’

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