CKE Restaurants Appoints First Chief Technology & Growth Officer

by Katie Lee

Franklin, Tenn. — CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE), parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s®, has appointed Justin Falciola as chief technology & growth officer for both brands. He joins CKE from Papa Johns.

In this new role, Falciola will align business goals with information technology, digital strategy and operations, as well as guide the implementation of new technologies and support the digital evolution of loyalty, first-party and third-party digital channels.

“We are excited to welcome Justin to the organization,” says Max Wetzel, CEO of CKE. “As technology continues to shape and change the QSR industry, I am confident that his extensive record of success leading high-performing analytics, digital and IT teams will help both Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s enable digital growth.”

Falciola comes to CKE from Papa John’s International where he served as chief insights and technology officer since 2018.

Earlier this year, CKE Restaurants announced the separation of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brand and introduced a leadership structure with three teams, each led by a president driving execution of strategic growth plans. Advancing digital is a major focus of the company’s growth strategy.

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are both investing in areas like mobile ordering, delivery and loyalty programs.

Together with its franchisees, Carl’s Jr. operates more than 1,000 restaurants across the U.S. and has a presence in 24 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

Together with its franchisees, Hardee’s operates approximately 1,600 restaurants across the U.S. and has a presence in 13 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., a privately held company based in Franklin, Tenn., runs and operates Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® restaurants. Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC have more than 3,600 franchised or company-operated restaurants domestically and more than 35 international markets and U.S. territories. For more information, visit, and

SOURCE: CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

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