About CKR

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. owns, operates and franchises some of the most popular brands in the quick-service restaurant industry, including the Carl’s Jr.®, Hardee’s®, Green Burrito® and Red Burrito® restaurant brands. The CKE system includes more than 3,300 restaurant locations in 42 states and in 28 countries. CKE is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.

The growth of the now ubiquitous quick-service restaurant is a story of eager young entrepreneurs, including CKE Restaurants founder and industry pioneer Carl N. Karcher, who fed America’s appetite for mobility and an affordable, high-quality meal. Built alongside the emerging car culture of Southern California during and post-World War II, the quick-service restaurant industry grew with the country’s expansive highways and has become a part of American life.

Carl's Jr. Grand Opening

History

On his first day in the fast-food business, Carl N. Karcher took in $14.75. In fiscal year 2007, his namesake CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. earned revenues of approximately $1.5 billion. The story of CKE Restaurants, and its flagship Carl’s Jr.® restaurant chain, is the quintessential American success story. What began as one man’s entrepreneurial venture in 1941 has evolved into one of the most powerful entities in the quick-service restaurant industry.

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Management Team

  • Jason Marker

    Jason Marker

    Chief Executive Officer

    Jason Marker assumed his role as CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. in April 2017. Before then, Marker served as president of Kentucky Fried Chicken® U.S. (“KFC”) where he garnered extensive domestic and international QSR experience and a proven track record of revenue and profit growth, innovation, and brand positioning.

    He brings with him experience from a variety of senior leadership roles at KFC U.S., KFC International and Unilever. As president of KFC U.S., Marker was responsible for the overall strategy and performance of a business with more than $4.2 billion in system sales, 4,200 restaurants, and 450 franchisees. Marker launched a new advertising campaign in 2015, invested in operations, and partnered with the franchise community to drive profitable growth.

    His efforts led KFC U.S. to three consecutive years of same-store sales and transaction growth and doubling operating margins. Prior to becoming president in 2013, Marker served KFC and Yum! Brands International in various marketing leadership roles: General Manager, KFC U.S. (2014-2015), Chief Marketing Officer, KFC U.S. (2011- 2013), VP Global Marketing, KFC Global (2010 – 2011) and Chief Marketing Officer, KFC & Pizza Hut South Pacific (2007 – 2010).

    Marker also worked in various brand management leadership roles at Unilever. He holds both a Master and Bachelor of Business/ Commerce from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Ted Abajan

    Theodore Abajian

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Theodore Abajian was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. in April 2003. Mr. Abajian joined the Company as chief administrative officer in March 2002, following the completion of the acquisition of Santa Barbara Restaurant Group, Inc.

    Prior to the merger, Abajian served as president and chief executive officer of Santa Barbara Restaurant Group, Inc. beginning in November 2000 and as executive vice president and chief financial officer from May 1998. From January 2000 to October 2000, Abajian held the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer for Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. Prior to joining Santa Barbara Restaurant Group, Inc., Abajian served as chief financial officer of Star Buffet, Inc. since the company’s formation in July 1997.

    Abajian holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oregon in Eugene.

  • Ned Lyerly

    Ned Lyerly

    President, International

    Ned Lyerly was named President, International in June, 2014. As the company’s senior international executive, Lyerly leads the company’s international division and has been instrumental in its growth to 600+ restaurants in more than 30 countries.

    Prior to his current role, Lyerly was the company’s Executive Vice President of International from June, 2012 to June, 2014. Previously he held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Franchise Development where he oversaw franchise development for the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands in the United States and around the world. Over his 30 year career with CKE, Lyerly has held positions in many functional disciplines including: Senior Vice President International, Vice President International, Director - International Finance and Marketing, Director - Domestic Finance (Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc.), Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis (Imasco USA, Inc. / Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc.).

    Lyerly is a Certified Franchise Executive and currently serves as a member of the International Franchise Association’s International Leadership Council. Lyerly received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

  • Charles A. Seigel III

    Charles A. Seigel III

    Chief Legal Officer

    Charles A. “Chip” Seigel III was promoted to Chief Legal Officer in June 2017. In his current position, Mr. Seigel oversees the Legal Department and is a key member of the Executive Leadership Team.

    Prior to his current position, Mr. Seigel served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of CKE from October 2016. Mr. Seigel joined CKE as Senior Vice President, Legal of CKE and General Counsel of Carl’s Jr. in April 2005.

    Prior to his association with CKE, Mr. Seigel was the Founder and a Principal of the St. Louis business litigation firm of Seigel and Wolff, P.C. and a Principal of the firm of Gallop, Johnson and Neuman, PC.

    Mr. Seigel received his undergraduate BBA degree in Accounting from The George Washington University and his law degree from The Washington University School of Law. Mr. Seigel is currently a member of the California Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.

  • Jim Sullivan

    Jim Sullivan

    Chief Development Officer

    Jim Sullivan joined CKE in June of 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Domestic Franchise Development. In this role, he was responsible for restaurant and franchise development, including managing franchise sales and growth of the domestic franchise system. Through his leadership, CKE’s franchise community experience substantial and sustained growth, including generating the highest net increase in U.S. locations among all traditional freestanding hamburger drive thru restaurants during 2015. In January of 2016, Jim was promoted to Executive Vice President of Domestic Development. In this new role, Jim is spearheading the domestic and real estate development activities and focus on the company’s agenda for continual growth.

    Prior to joining CKE, Jim served as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Friendly’s Ice Cream LLC where he was responsible for the company’s development, real estate and franchising activities.

  • John J. Dunion

    Chief Supply Chain Officer

    John J. Dunion was named Chief Supply Chain Officer for CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc in September 2013.

    Dunion joined the Company in 1996 as vice president, purchasing, and was promoted to senior vice president, purchasing in 1998. Prior to assuming his current position, Dunion served as executive vice president, chief administrative officer.

    Before joining CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., Dunion was with Unigate Restaurants, Inc. where he served as director and then vice president of purchasing. He has also held purchasing and technical management positions with Jack in the Box restaurants and Taco Bell Corporation. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Dunion holds a bachelor’s degree in biology.

  • Mike Murphy

    E. Michael Murphy

    President

    E. Michael Murphy was appointed President and Chief Legal Officer of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. in January 2009. He previously served as Chief Administrative Officer from 2006; and was named executive vice president, general counsel and Secretary of the Company in July 2000. He still serves as Secretary of the Company.

    In his current position, Murphy leads the legal, human resources, payroll and information technology departments, as well as oversees all franchising and international endeavors for both the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands.

    Mr. Murphy started with the Company in July 1998 when he was named senior vice president and general counsel of Hardee’s. Prior to his association with the Company, Mr. Murphy was a partner in the litigation department at The Stolar Partnership, a law firm in St. Louis, Missouri. Murphy is currently a member of the American Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.

    He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and his law degree from St. Louis University.

Quality Assurance

At CKE Restaurants, we take pride in the quality of our menu items — from the Angus beef used for all of our Thickburgers™ at Hardee’s® and our Six Dollar Burger™ line at Carl’s Jr.® to the crispy whole leaf lettuce that wrap our low-carbohydrate sandwich options and sun-ripened tomatoes that grace our sandwiches and salads.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. is committed to serving safe, quality food to every guest, at every meal, every day. We have a Quality Assurance/Product Safety Program that effectively meets the challenges of food safety in today’s world of foodborne illnesses and food sanitation concerns. Here is how CKE proactively addresses product safety.

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