DineEquity Inc., parent of the IHOP and Applebee’s chains, has confirmed the departure of several top executives in recent weeks. Shannon Johnson, the former vice president of culinary and menu strategy for Applebee’s, has left the company, and a replacement is being sought, said Nancy Mays, a spokeswoman for the brand. Johnson, who joined Applebee’s in 2003, is credited with guiding the menu overhaul at the casual-dining chain after it was acquired by DineEquity in ...

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