Jason Marker
Chief Executive Officer

Theodore Abajian
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

Jim Sullivan
Executive Vice President,
Domestic Development

Jeffrey P. Chasney
Executive Vice President,
Strategic Planning and
Chief Information Officer

John J. Dunion
Chief Supply Chain Officer

Eric Williams
Chief Operating Officer

Brad R. Haley
Chief Marketing Officer

E. Michael Murphy
President and Chief Legal Officer

Ned Lyerly
President, International

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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.

THEODORE ABAJIAN, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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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.

JIM SULLIVAN, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,
DOMESTIC DEVELOPMENT

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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.

JEFFREY P. CHASNEY, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT,
STRATEGIC PLANNING AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

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Having joined CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) in April 2000, Jeff Chasney was named executive vice president, strategic planning and chief information officer in October 2003. He is responsible for providing the Company with performance forecasting and strategic direction for using technology and information to enhance corporate profitability.

Before joining CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., Chasney was with Clark Refining and Marketing for four years as vice president and chief information officer. Additionally, Chasney has more than 13 years experience in the foodservice industry, having served as vice president and chief information officer at VICORP Restaurants, Inc. and Long John Silver’s, Inc.

Chasney received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics at Wayne State University in Detroit.

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.

ERIC WILLIAMS, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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Eric Williams was named Chief Operating Officer in June 2015. He previously served as executive vice president, operations for Carl’s Jr. from August 2011 to June 2015. He started his career at Hardee’s as a crew member in 1983, advancing through the ranks with management positions in both Company and franchise operations and training. Williams helped develop and implement “Operation QSC” and “Six Dollar Service” initiatives that were a key driver in Hardee’s operations turnaround.

BRAD R. HALEY, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

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Brad Haley was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer for CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. in 2011. He joined CKE as executive vice president of marketing for Hardee’s in 2000 and added the responsibility for Carl’s Jr. marketing in January 2004.

Haley leads all facets of marketing for CKE including Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brand positioning, advertising, product development, merchandising, sales analysis, marketing research, publicity, pricing, digital marketing and promotions. During his tenure at CKE, the brands have received numerous awards for both product innovation and advertising.

Before joining CKE, Haley’s experience included marketing stints in consumer packaged goods and at other quick-service restaurant concepts. While at Jack in the Box restaurants in the 1990s, Haley received the Brand Builder Award from Brandweek magazine for his work to help orchestrate the chain’s turnaround, following a devastating E. coli contaminated hamburger incident, with the launch of the “Jack’s Back” advertising campaign.

Haley received his bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif.

E. MICHAEL MURPHY, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER

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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.

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.