Debra Smithart-Oglesby has got a lot on her plate. In recent months, the chairman and interim chief executive of Denny’s Corp. has dealt with a contentious proxy fight that not only shook up the Spartanburg, S.C.-based company’s executive ranks, but also its franchisee community. Though the company, parent of the 1,600-unit Denny’s family-dining chain, won that battle, Smithart-Oglesby now has the company in turnaround mode with a focus on improving traffic and declining ...

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