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


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

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    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.

  • Ned Lyerly

    Ned Lyerly

    President, International

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    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.

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    Joanna Shepard

    Chief People Officer

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    Joanna Shepard brings over 20 years of experience to CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc. as the new Chief People Officer. Prior to joining CKE, Joanna worked for diverse companies including Danaher, Yum! Brands and McClatchy.

    Career highlights include gaining global leadership experience encompassing India, various European countries, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Joanna has also appeared as an IBM/Kenexa guest speaker based on her work developing and deploying employee life cycle tools for single and multi-unit restaurant leaders. Conference topics have included engagement and leadership development in the workplace.

    Joanna first gained experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries as a high school student working as a hostess and waitress for Casa Gallardo, a fast-casual concept in Tampa, FL. After high school, she worked for Ruby Tuesday’s and Studebakers to help pay for college. Joanna went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Labor and Employment Relations from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.  

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    Tom Brennan

    Chief Operating Officer

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    Tom Brennan joined CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc. in July 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his current position, Tom spent nearly 11 years with 7-Eleven where he served in a number of different roles in store operations, merchandising and store development. Most recently he was in charge of the $4B packaged beverage business that included all non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks as well as dairy, frozen food, and frozen treats. Before joining 7-Eleven, Tom spent over two years in Minneapolis with the Target Corporation where he worked as part of the Financial Planning and Analysis team. Prior to his retail experience, he spent six years on active duty as part of the U.S. Army’s Armor Corps. Tom earned his MBA from the University of Virginia and he holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

  • Jeff Jenkins

    Jeff Jenkins

    Chief Marketing Officer

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    Jeff Jenkins was named Chief Marketing Officer for CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., in July 2017. Jenkins comes to CKE from Whole Foods where he served as a Global Executive in charge of Digital Marketing, E-commerce, Media, Customer Care and Channel Activation.

    He joins the CKE team with over 15 years of experience in digital and deep food service marketing. During his time at Whole Foods, he launched the company into the digital era, becoming a national leader in grocery delivery in less than two years. Prior to Whole Foods Market, he was the Director of Digital Experience and New Platforms for Taco Bell and was responsible for the development and launch of the Cannes Lion winning mobile ordering app.

    Jenkins obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • John Dunion

    John J. Dunion

    Chief Supply Chain Officer

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    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.

  • Jim Sullivan

    Jim Sullivan

    Chief Development Officer

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    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.

  • Stephen Carvelli

    Stephen Carvelli

    Chief Information Officer

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    Stephen Carvelli was named Chief Information Officer of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. in July 2017. Prior to joining the CKE team, Carvelli was Chief Technology Officer for Lowe’s Companies where he led digital transformation and innovation, enterprise architecture, software engineering, and digital infrastructure.  

    Carvelli brings with him 20 years of experience in technology operations and digital business development for many leading brands. At Lowe’s, he was responsible for 500 Lowe’s Technology professionals in the U.S. and India. Carvelli was also responsible for Lowe’s enterprise merchandising and marketing systems.

    Before joining Lowe’s, Stephen held progressive technology leadership roles in the Fortune 500 including American Eagle Outfitters, Chico’s, FAS, OfficeMax and The Walt Disney Company.

    Carvelli holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from John Carroll 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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