CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc.
Andy Puzder is the recent CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc., which owns, operates, and franchises popular restaurant brands Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Green Burrito, and Red Burrito. Known as a turnaround king for guiding both Carl's Jr. and Hardee's out of financial turmoil before fusing the two fast-food businesses, he is credited with growing CKE into the mega-corporation it is today. In 2017, Puzder, who served as an economic adviser and spokesman for Gov. Mitt Romney, was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be United States Secretary of Labor. Puzder later withdrew his nomination. Now retired from CKE, Puzder speaks widely on the topics of free enterprise, regulation, employment, labor, job automation, and the future of consumer goods industries. Puzder is the author of The Trump Boom: America's Soaring Economy and the Left's Plot to Stop It and Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn't Understand It. He is an author on economic and legal issues often published in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, as well as a frequent guest on business news programs, including Your World with Neil Cavuto. He earned a Juris Doctorate in 1978 from Washington University School of Law, where he served as senior editor on the Law Review. He is a member and national council co-chair of the American Enterprise Institute and the recipient of many awards for his outstanding contributions to the business world.