John Peyton is chief executive officer of Dine Brands Global, Inc., responsible for leading the Company’s overarching strategies, structure, people development and culture that will drive global growth and sales for Dine’s restaurant brands and franchisees, including two of the world’s most beloved brands—Applebee’s Grill + Bar and IHOP.
Peyton joined Dine Brands from Realogy Franchise Group where he served as president and chief executive officer. At Realogy, Peyton was responsible for managing a portfolio of leading real estate franchise brands, including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Corcoran®, ERA, and Sotheby’s International Realty®, which combined have over 19,500 franchised offices and 318,000 brokers and independent sales associates doing business in 115 countries and territories worldwide. In January 2018, Peyton's responsibilities at Realogy were expanded to include oversight of the company-owned operations of Corcoran and Sotheby’s International Realty. Since 2017, was consecutively named to the Swanepoel 200, an annual list of the most powerful people in real estate.
Peyton, who joined Realogy as president and chief operating officer in October 2016, previously served for 17 years as a senior executive with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. He is a recognized global branding leader who brings deep experience leading large, complex organizations and maximizing scale while enabling innovation and flexibility. During his nearly two decades with Starwood, most recently serving as chief marketing officer, he leveraged his expertise in global operations and brand building to drive innovation and build loyalty for the company’s leading hotel brands, including St. Regis, W Hotels and Westin, among others.
Peyton also led Starwood’s Global Initiatives team, where he directed the implementation of key strategic company priorities around the world, including supply chain and revenue management initiatives. From 2003 to 2008, Peyton served as chief operating officer of Starwood’s North America Hotel Division. In 2000, he led Starwood’s launch of Six Sigma – becoming the first company in the hospitality industry to adopt this methodology as a way of improving business processes and driving innovative change. Prior to joining Starwood, he had a 10-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving in both its accounting and management consulting practices.
Peyton holds an MBA in accounting and marketing from New York University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is active in the community and is a member of the board of directors for Child Advocates of Southern Connecticut.