About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”), a privately held company based in Franklin, Tennessee, runs and operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, two beloved regional brands, known for one-of-a-kind premium and innovative menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus Thickburgers?, Made from Scratch? Biscuits and Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders?. With both a US and international footprint, Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC have over 3,800 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 43 foreign countries and U.S. territories.

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

  • Ned Lyerly

    Ned Lyerly

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Ned Lyerly was named, Chief Executive Officer in April, 2019. 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.

  • Jeff Jenkins

    Jeff Jenkins

    Chief Digital Officer

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    Jeff Jenkins joined 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Charles Jemley

    Charles Jemley

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Charles Jemley joined CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc. in June 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer, where he oversees the global financial operations, building an infrastructure that is optimized to support the company’s global growth strategy.

    Charles joins CKE from Starbucks Coffee Company where he served in a number of different positions, most recently as Senior Vice President, Finance. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing four key aspects of the Starbucks business: Retail, Development, Digital, and Consumer Product Group.

    Prior to joining Starbucks, Charles spent 15 years at Yum Brands building his career both nationally and globally, rounding out his time there as CFO for their China Division where he guided Yum’s most important, successful, and fastest growing business unit.

  • Kerry Olson

    Kerry Olson

    Chief Legal Officer

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    Kerry Olson joined CKE as Chief Legal Officer in June 2018. In addition to overseeing the global corporate legal strategy, Kerry and team promote and protect all company matters.

    Kerry joined CKE from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, where she was a partner at the international law firm serving clients worldwide. No stranger to the QSR space, Kerry spent nearly a decade of her career in the food industry building her career as General Counsel at both Buffalo Wild Wings and International Dairy Queen Inc.

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    Darla Morse

    Chief Information Officer

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    Darla Morse joined CKE in March 2019 as Chief Information Officer, overseeing all IT initiatives and technology innovation reporting.

    Darla most recently served as CIO of Inspire Brands and brings extensive restaurant technology experience and an impressive IT background to CKE. At Inspire, she led initiatives to enhance the restaurant experience and drive operational efficiencies for the multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 8,300 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rusty Taco and Sonic Drive-In locations worldwide.

    Prior to this role, Darla was CIO of Arby’s, served as CIO of SeaWorld and spent 17 years with Walt Disney World Resorts in a variety of technology roles. I look forward to having Darla join our team to help optimize IT infrastructure in support of our company’s growth and innovation strategy.

    Darla is an alumna of Florida Southern College where she received a Bachelor of Computer Science. She also received an MBA in Management Information Systems from Webster University.

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    Cliff Drescher

    Chief Transformation Officer

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    Cliff Drescher joined CKE in January 2019 as Chief Transformation Officer. In this capacity, Cliff will lead the formation and adoption of process improvements to ensure execution and results for our business partners.

    Cliff joins CKE from Neiman Marcus, where he developed and led deployment of a transformational strategic plan to assess and capitalize on business opportunities.

    Prior to Neiman Marcus, Cliff was Partner and Managing Director for Boston Consulting Group, where he specialized in consumer-centered growth and transformation strategy, investment and performance improvement. Cliff's career has focused on identifying and driving revenue and profit growth opportunities with extensive experience in the retail and restaurant space.

    He is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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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