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CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder Steps Down

CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., parent company of Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Green Burrito and Red Burrito, announced this afternoon that Andy Puzder is stepping down as chief executive officer and that Jason Marker will replace him. Marker is expected to start in April.

Puzder, who was a corporate law attorney, has served as CEO of CKE since 2000. He recently was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the United States Secretary of Labor, but withdrew from consideration in February when it became clear that he was short the necessary votes for confirmation.

"Jason has tremendous experience in franchising, in the QSR sector, and in positioning and growing iconic brands," said Puzder, 66. Carl's Jr. and Hardee's now have a total of 3,800 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 41 countries. "I expressed my desire to have CKE plan for succession approximately a year ago, and I could not be more pleased to have Jason Marker selected to be the company's next leader," Puzder stated.

The incoming chief executive was president of the United States operations of KFC under the Yum Brands umbrella. He also worked at Unilever. Marker holds a master's and bachelor of business/commerce from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

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