FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Ned Lyerly has been named CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, effective immediately. Lyerly succeeds Jason Marker, who had served in the role for two years.
A 30-year veteran of the company, Lyerly most recently was president of the international division, expanding its global footprint from 50 restaurants to nearly 1,000. Previously, he held various senior roles in development, finance, marketing and franchise operations.
“Our brands each have tremendous heritage built on great products, great people, great experiences and decades of performance,” Lyerly said. “We will leverage these equities to solidify our place as QSR brands of choice with best-in-class menu offerings centered on premium products and industry-leading guest service.”
Additionally, George Condos has joined the company’s board as chairman. Condos has three decades of experience in the restaurant industry through leadership roles at Arby’s, Dunkin’ Brands and Dairy Queen.
Marker joined CKE Restaurant Holdings in April 2017 as CEO, succeeding Andy Puzder, who led the company for 16 years and had been nominated by President Donald Trump as US Labor Secretary. A reason for Marker’s departure was not disclosed.