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CKE Adds to Franchise Management Team

International expansion continues to be a key area for CKE

CKE Restaurants, Inc. hired Jim Sullivan as senior vice president of domestic franchise development and named Ned Lyerly executive vice president of international.

In their new roles Sullivan is responsible for franchise sales and the growth of the domestic franchise system while Lyerly will run the company's international division.

The growing importance of franchise development at CKE combined with the fact that fiscal 2012 was the first year the company's international development exceeded domestic development led the company to split the leadership responsibilities for these positions to dedicate focus to both its domestic and international growth opportunities.

In fact, in fiscal 2012 there were 113 franchise openings, 72 of which were in international markets.

Sullivan comes to CKE from Friendly's Ice Cream LLC, where he recently served as senior vice president and chief development officer.

Lyerly, who previously served CKE in the capacity of executive vice president of global franchise development, will focus on expanding the company's international presence.