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.
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.
Ned Lyerly was named Chief Executive Officer in April 2019, heading two brands, Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., with a global footprint of over 3,900 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 42 foreign countries and U.S. territories. Lyerly leads CKE’s overarching business, people and development strategies to drive growth and profitability, bringing more than 35 years of restaurant operating experience to the role.
Previously, Lyerly was the company’s President, International, responsible for the growth of the CKE international footprint to 900+ restaurants. Prior to that role, he was Executive Vice President of Global Franchise Development where he oversaw franchise development for the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. brands in the United States and around the world. Over his 35 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. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Mike Woida currently serves as President, International. Prior to his current role, he was Senior Vice President, International for CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Mike has over 42 years of company-owned and franchise operations experience in the quick-service-restaurant industry and has spent the previous 27 years developing international markets for CKE.
During Mike’s tenure in the International Division, he spent 12 years based in Seoul, South Korea and Hong Kong serving as Director of International Operations and Development for Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Restaurants. He has also held the position of Director of Franchise Operations/Asia. Prior to joining the International Division for CKE, Mike held a Regional Director position guiding company and franchise operations for the midwestern United States based in Detroit, Michigan. Mike has also held regional Director positions in training and development and multi-unit operations for Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc. and Burger Chef Systems prior to its acquisition by Hardee’s in 1982.
Mr. Woida has been employed by CKE Restaurants, Holdings, Inc. for 42 years and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in International Business.
Andrew Robinson joined CKE in August 2019 as Chief Human Resource Officer, overseeing the human resources, assets protection and corporate facilities functions at the corporate office.
Robinson joins CKE from Starr Restaurants, a James Beard award-winning collection of boutique restaurants. At Starr, Robinson was responsible for activating the company’s growth strategy by building organizational capabilities and infrastructure.
Prior to Starr, Andrew spent nearly eight years with TGI Fridays where he managed all HR-related functions to support the 90,000-employee population worldwide.
Andrew is an alumna of Howard University where he received a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. He also received an MBA in Business Administration for the University of the District of Columbia.
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.
Ron Coolbaugh currently serves as COO of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Prior to his current role, he was General Manager of the Americas & Europe in the international division for CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Ron has over 35 years of company-owned and franchise operations experience in the quick-service-restaurant industry and has spent the previous 18 years developing international markets for CKE.
During Ron’s tenure in the International Division, he spent 18 years developing markets for the Carl’s Jr. brand in the Americas & Europe. Prior to joining the international division for CKE, Ron held the position of Director of Operations Services for the Hardee’s brand. Ron also served previously as the Director of Special Projects and oversaw the initial implementation of the Green Burrito dual brand concept in the Carl’s Jr. system. Ron started in the Carl’s Jr. system as a crew person in 1984 and worked through various field positions prior to that.
Mr. Coolbaugh has been employed by CKE Restaurants, Holdings, Inc. for 35 years and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration.
Chad Crawford joined the company as Chief Brand Officer in August 2019. Chad brings to CKE a wealth of QSR experience, varying across Denny’s, Burger King, and most recently, Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen, where he served as President, North America across more than 2,400 locations. Prior to this role, he held a number of positions over nearly a decade with Popeyes, including Calendar Strategy, Marketing Impact, Guest Experience, and Chief Marketing Officer.
As Chief Brand Officer, Crawford is responsible for leading brand marketing vision and strategy to deliver memorable campaigns, compelling menus, and sustainable and profitable growth for the entire organization. His priorities include reinvigorating creative campaigns for both brands, and bringing back to life their energy and passion, and continuing to highlight one of the company’s core differentiators: Quality, great tasting food.
Mr. Crawford holds a BA in English from Gettysburg College.
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.
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.
Jim Sullivan was named Chief Development Officer in June 2019, spearheading domestic franchise and real estate development activities.
Sullivan first joined CKE in 2012 as Senior Vice President of Domestic Franchise Development, overseeing franchise sales and growth of the domestic franchise system. Through his leadership, CKE’s franchise community experienced substantial and sustained growth and he has been instrumental in successfully completing the company’s refranchising program.
Prior to joining CKE, Sullivan 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.
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.
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.