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CKE makes more executive changes

Carl’s, Hardee’s owner adds a trio of c-level executives

CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., this week named Joanna Shepard the company’s chief people officer and Stephen Carvelli as chief information officer, continuing an overhaul of the quick-service operator’s executive team.

The company also promoted Jim Sullivan (left) to chief development officer. The changes come just weeks after the owner of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. named a new chief marketing officer, chief operations officer and chief legal officer.

The changes follow the company’s appointment of Jason Marker as CEO, succeeding longtime chief executive Andy Puzder.

“The additions of Joanna and Stephen, along with Jim’s promotion, will ensure that our business’s future growth will be powered by what got CKE here in the first place,” Marker said in a statement. “We are excited that the culture, brand and future of CKE attracted such impressive and diverse talent.”

Shepard (left) comes to CKE from Gilbarco Inc., in Greensboro, N.C., where she led human resources. She also worked for years in the food industry, leading organizational development and human resources teams for Pizza Hut and A&W/Long John Silver’s.

Carvelli (right) had been the chief technology officer at Lowe’s Companies Inc., and previously worked with American Eagle Outfitters, Chico’s FAS, OfficeMax and the Walt Disney Company.

Sullivan, meanwhile, was cited for his ability to lead CKE’s domestic expansion. He will continue to spearhead CKE’s growth agenda, focusing on domestic real estate development efforts.

CKE’s chains have more than 3,800 franchised and company-operated locations in 44 states and 41 countries.

Contact Jonathan Maze at [email protected]

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