CKE Restaurants Strengthens Operating Structure, Announces Management Promotions

Franklin, Tenn. — CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE), owner, operator and franchisor of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, recently announced a new operating structure that combines restaurant operations and supply chain under John Dunion, a 25-year company veteran (pictured). The new structure drives focus on brand operations, accountability, ownership and execution across the U.S. business.

“John is an excellent leader with a penchant for team building and moxie for driving successful business outcomes,” says CEO Ned Lyerly. “John knows our business inside and out, has an excellent rapport with our franchisees and will continue to elevate operational excellence throughout the CKE system.”

Most recently, Dunion served as CKE’s chief supply chain officer. He joined the company in 1996 as vice president of purchasing and was promoted to senior vice president of purchasing 2 years later. Dunion has held progressive management roles in the company, including chief administrative officer. Before joining CKE, Dunion held management roles at Unigate Restaurants, Jack in the Box and Taco Bell Corporation.

The company announced additional promotions to further round out the new operations structure. Brian Cassidy has been named senior vice president – Carl’s Jr. operations overseeing both company and franchise operations for the Carl’s Jr. brand. Cassidy joined CKE in 2017 as vice president of operations. Prior to joining CKE, Cassidy owned and operated his own restaurant and led operations for some of the top QSR brands.

Todd Huetinck has been named senior vice president of supply chain management with a focus on food and packaging purchasing in addition to oversight of distribution and quality assurance. Huetinck started his career at CKE in 2006 as a senior food technologist.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. is a privately held company based in Franklin, Tenn. CKE, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and operates Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s®. With both a U.S. 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. For more information, visit or its brand sites at and



SOURCE: CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

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