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Julia Stewart

Verified Thinkfluencer
Founder | Former Chair & CEO
Alurx | Dine Brands Global


Julia Stewart has an exceptional career spanning over 40 years, marked by leadership roles at iconic American brands like Taco Bell, Applebee's, and IHOP. She served as Chair & CEO for IHOP and Dine Brands Global, where she orchestrated IHOP's acquisition of Applebee's, creating the world's largest sit-down restaurant chain. Her accomplishments earned her a spot on Fortune Magazine's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in the US.

Julia has traditionally been associated with "everyday indulgent brands," but she recently made a significant shift. In 2020, she founded Alurx, aiming to empower people to proactively improve their wellness where she is CEO & Chair. Alurx introduces an innovative app, featuring tailored behavior modification, education, rituals, product recommendations, and wellness scoring. The app, launching in early 2024, initially focuses on Sleep, Nutrition, and Stress Management, with plans to integrate Alurx e-commerce for an all-in-one solution. Julia is actively fundraising to support rapid scaling.

Additionally, Julia serves as an independent board member for companies like Avery Dennison, Bite Acquisition Corp, and Bojangles Restaurants, Inc. She's known for her philanthropic efforts and is a sought-after speaker.

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