CKE Press Release

December 08, 2016

CKE RESTAURANTS HOLDINGS, INC. STATEMENT ON NOMINATION OF ANDY PUZDER TO SERVE AS SECRETARY OF LABOR

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”) issued the following statement after company CEO Andy Puzder was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor:

“CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., congratulates CEO Andy Puzder for his nomination to serve our nation as Secretary of Labor. Mr. Puzder would provide excellent leadership for our nation’s business community and all Americans who work hard each and every day to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Andy has led CKE for the past sixteen years and during that time has transformed the company into an internationally prominent and growing business, creating and preserving thousands of jobs in the process. As someone who runs two of the nation’s most popular restaurant franchises, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, Andy has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for economic policies that create jobs and opportunities.

Upon Andy’s confirmation, CKE's management team will ensure a seamless and orderly transition, continued corporate growth and a very successful future for the company."

--On behalf of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.
CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”) is a privately held company headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif. CKE is not a franchisor and conducts substantially all of its restaurant activities and operations through its subsidiaries. Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC own, operate and franchise the Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Green Burrito® and Red Burrito® concepts. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s operate as one brand under two names, acknowledging the rich regional heritage of both banners. After opening their first restaurants in New York and New Jersey last spring and recent international openings in Japan, Australia and Kenya, Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC now have a total of 3,748 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 39 foreign countries and U.S. territories. Known for its one-of-a-kind premium menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus Thickburgers®, Made from Scratch™ Biscuits, and Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™, as well as an award-winning marketing approach, the Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s brand continues to deliver substantial and consistent growth in the U.S. and overseas. The Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s system is now 94 percent franchised, with international restaurants representing 20 percent of the system. For more information about CKE, please visit www.ckr.com or its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com and www.hardees.com.

On behalf of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.
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