said Monday that Dave Goebel was named its new chief executive, a post he'll assume Sept. 5.
Current CEO and Chairman Lloyd Hill will serve as nonexecutive chairman of the board. The Kansas-based restaurant operator announced the transition in January. Goebel is currently the company's president and chief operating officer.
Under Hill's leadership, Applebee's has become a leader among casual dining chains, which include competitors such as
Red Lobster. Hill was named by
magazine as one of America's best CEO's in 2005.
"Dave is the right leader for Applebee's," Hill said in a statement. "He brings experience, integrity, strong franchise relations and a willingness to change and innovate with a sense of urgency."