CKE Restaurants Inc, which owns a number of franchise brands, has strengthened its domestic and international franchise with the creation of two new head office roles.

Jim Sullivan has been appointed to the role of Senior Vice President of Domestic Franchise Development, while Ned Lyerly has been named Executive Vice President of International.

CKE Restaurants, a US-based company, has decided to split its international leadership responsibilities due to the growing importance of franchise development at its Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr brands, as well as the fact that its international development exceeded its domestic development.

In his new role Sullivan will be responsible for franchise sales and the growth of the domestic franchise system, while Lyerly will operate the company’s international division.

Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., said: “We have positioned the company to support our franchise systems. With our emphasis on franchise growth, the time was right to split the responsibility for our domestic and international franchise networks among two very capable executives.”

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