Former Buffets and Yum! Brands executive replaces Archer.

DineEquity, Inc. appointed Steven Layt president of its Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar concept. He replaces Michael Archer, who left Applebee's to pursue other opportunities, according to a company release.

Layt held the role of senior vice president of operations for Applebee's since January of 2012. Prior to joining DineEquity, he was chief operating officer at Buffets Inc. and held a number of senior management positions globally and in the United States with YUM! Brands.