Global Conference 2012
CEO, CKE Restaurants
Andrew Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. From 1995 through 2000, he was executive vice president, general counsel for Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Puzder joined CKE in 1997 as executive vice president and general counsel and in 2000 became president and CEO of CKE. Puzder is credited with resurrecting the Hardee's brand and turning CKE from a distressed heavily indebted company with declining profits and sales to a financially stable and profitable company. In 2010, Apollo Management took CKE private. Puzder is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities and a regular guest on business shows such as "Your World with Neil Cavuto," "Squawk on the Street," and the "Kudlow Report." Puzder co-authored "Job Creation: How It Really Works And Why Government Doesn't Understand It." He was a contributor to "Believe in America, Mitt Romney's Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth." He has received numerous industry awards. Puzder received his juris doctorate in 1978 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.