Spartanburg-based full-service restaurant chain Denny's has appointed Edgardo Hernandez as division VP, operations for its more than 220 locations in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Washington. Hernandez has over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry, starting as an entry-level crewmember at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in 1978, which was then owned by PepsiCo International. During a 19-year tenure with PepsiCo, he held a variety of leadership positions, including regional general manager for three restaurant brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, with responsibility for 400 restaurants in Argentina, Brazil, Caribbean, Columbia, Latin America, Peru, Paraguay and Venezuela. He has also owned and managed Gardo's Cafe, a family restaurant in Florida.