People: Wendys Co (WEN.O)

WEN.O on Nasdaq

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Nelson Peltz

71 2007 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Emil Brolick

66 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Peter May

71 2007 Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board

Todd Penegor

48 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Robert Wright

46 2014 Chief Operating Officer

Scott Kriss

2014 Senior Vice President – Chief Accounting and Tax Officer

R. Scott Toop

59 2012 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Brandon Solano

43 2014 Senior Vice President - Marketing

Steven Graham

60 2014 Senior Vice President

Darrell van Ligten

49 2010 Senior Vice President - Strategic Development; President of Company’s principal international subsidiaries (excluding Canada)

Craig Bahner

49 2012 Chief Marketing Officer

Liliana Esposito

39 2014 Chief Communications Officer

Scott Weisberg

50 2012 Chief People Officer

Edward Garden

52 2007 Director

V. Janet Hill

66 2008 Independent Director

Joseph Levato

73 1996 Independent Director

J. Randolph Lewis

64 2008 Independent Director

Peter Rothschild

58 2010 Independent Director

David Schwab

82 1994 Independent Director

Jack Wasserman

77 2004 Independent Director

David Poplar

VP Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Nelson Peltz

Mr. Nelson Peltz serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of The Wendy's Co. Mr. Peltz has been a director of the Company since April 1993 and has served as non-executive Chairman since June 2007. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and as a director or manager and an officer of certain of the Company’s subsidiaries from April 1993 through June 2007. Additionally, Mr. Peltz has been Chief Executive Officer and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management, L.P. (“Trian Partners”), a management company for various investment funds and accounts, since November 2005. From its formation in January 1989 to April 1993, Mr. Peltz was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trian Group, Limited Partnership (“Trian Group”), which provided investment banking and management services for entities controlled by Mr. Peltz and Peter W. May. From 1983 to December 1988, Mr. Peltz was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Triangle Industries, Inc. (“Triangle Industries”), which, through wholly-owned subsidiaries, was, at that time, a manufacturer of packaging products, copper electrical wire and cable and steel conduit and currency and coin handling products. Mr. Peltz has also served as a director of Legg Mason, Inc. since October 2009, as a director of H. J. Heinz Company since September 2006, and as a director of Trian Acquisition I Corp. since October 2007.

Emil Brolick

Mr. Emil J. Brolick serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of The Wendy's Co. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Brolick served as Chief Operating Officer of Yum! Brands, Inc. (“Yum! Brands”) and as President of two of Yum! Brand’s U.S. operating segments, Long John Silver’s and A&W All American Food Restaurants, from June 2008 to September 2011. From December 2006 to June 2008, Mr. Brolick served as President of U.S. Brand Building for Yum! Brands. Prior to that, Mr. Brolick served as President and Chief Concept Officer of Taco Bell Corp. (“Taco Bell”), a position he held from July 2000 to November 2006. Prior to joining Taco Bell in July 2000, Mr. Brolick worked at Wendy’s International Inc. (“Wendy’s International”) for 12 years, lastly serving as Senior Vice President of New Product Marketing, Research and Strategic Planning. Mr. Brolick also serves as a trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Peter May

Mr. Peter W. May serves as Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of The Wendy's Co. He has been a director of the Company since April 1993 and has served as non-executive Vice Chairman since June 2007. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company and as a director or manager and an officer of certain of the Company’s subsidiaries from April 1993 through June 2007. Additionally, Mr. May has been President and a founding partner of Trian Partners since November 2005. From its formation in January 1989 to April 1993, Mr. May was President and Chief Operating Officer of Trian Group. From 1983 to December 1988, he was President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of Triangle Industries. Mr. May has also served as a director of Tiffany & Co. since May 2008, and as a director of Trian Acquisition I Corp. since October 2007. Mr. May previously served as a director of Deerfield Capital Corp. (“Deerfield Capital”), predecessor to CIFC Corp., from December 2007 to June 2010.

Todd Penegor

Mr. Todd A. Penegor has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of The Wendy's Company effective September 1, 2013. He has been Vice President, Kellogg Company and President of the $4 billion in sales U.S. Snacks division for the past 4½ years. He was also a member of Kellogg's North America leadership team and is the executive sponsor of the Kellogg African American Resource Group. Penegor joined Kellogg in 2000 as Senior Director, Global Financial Strategy and Planning. He was promoted to Vice President, Finance, Corporate Financial Planning in 2001. In February 2002, he was promoted to VP and CFO, Kellogg USA and in May 2002, was appointed VP and CFO for Kellogg's Snacks. In 2007, he was promoted to VP and CFO for Kellogg Europe. Prior to joining the company, Penegor spent 12 years with Ford Motor Company in various positions, including strategy, M&A, the controller's office and treasury. Penegor received a bachelor's degree in accounting and an MBA in finance from Michigan State University. He is a member of the financial advisory board of Michigan State University.

Robert Wright

Mr. Robert D. Wright is Chief Operations Officer of The Wendy's Co. He joined the Company in December 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wright served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Charley’s Grilled Subs from December 2010 to December 2013. In this general management role, he led all company and franchise operations, marketing, supply chain, training, human resources and business analysis for the Charley’s system, which has more than 500 restaurants in 47 states and U.S. territories and 20 countries. Prior to that, Mr. Wright served as Executive Vice President of Company and Franchise Operations for Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. from January 2008 to August 2010, where he was responsible for more than 800 restaurants operating as Checkers and Rally’s. Previously, Mr. Wright worked for 10 years at Wendy’s International, Inc., where he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, scope and complexity, including Franchise Area Director from 1998 to 2000, Director of Area Operations from 2000 to 2005, President of Café Express, LLC from 2005 to 2006, and Vice President of Operations and Training Integration from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Wright started his career with Domino’s Pizza Inc., where he held a number of roles supporting both company and franchise operations over an 11-year period. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, where he was an honors graduate.

Scott Kriss

Mr. Scott A. Kriss has been appointed as Senior Vice President – Chief Accounting and Tax Officer of The Wendy's Company. Mr. Kriss has been Senior Vice President – Tax for the Company since June 2012. In this position, Mr. Kriss has been responsible for controlling, administering and managing all aspects of the Company’s tax function. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kriss served as Tax Director – Americas for Bacardi-Martini, Inc. from December 2010 to May 2012. In this capacity, Mr. Kriss was responsible for all aspects of Bacardi’s tax function in the Americas. Mr. Kriss has extensive experience as a tax executive in the retail industry. He served as Vice President – Tax at Tween Brands, Inc. from 2008 to 2010. In addition, he was a member of the Tween Brands Administrative Committee, which provided overall responsibility for the management and operation of that company’s qualified and non-qualified investment plans. Prior to Tween Brands, Mr. Kriss was employed by Limited Brands (now known as L Brands) from 1994 to 2008. Throughout his 14 year tenure at Limited Brands, he held various leadership positions, last serving as Vice President – Tax from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Kriss began his career in tax with Arthur Andersen from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Kriss is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Ohio Society of CPAs and Tax Executives Institute.

R. Scott Toop

Mr. R. Scott Toop serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of The Wendy's Co. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Toop served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Tim Hortons Inc. from August 2009 until January 2012. Prior to that, he worked at Yum! Brands and its predecessor, Tricon Global Restaurants Inc., serving as Vice President and Associate General Counsel from 2005 to 2009 and as Vice President and General Counsel, Kentucky Fried Chicken from 1997 to 2005. Previously, Mr. Toop worked at PepsiCo, Inc. (“PepsiCo”), where he served as Vice President and Division Counsel, Kentucky Fried Chicken from 1993 to 1997, as International Counsel from 1986 to 1990, and as an attorney for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group from 1984 to 1986. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Mr. Toop was a corporate associate with the law firm of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in New York, NY.

Brandon Solano

Mr. Brandon Solano is Senior Vice President - Marketing of the Company. Over the course of his professional career, Solano has worked for some of the world's leading brands in positions of increasing scale and complexity. Prior to joining Wendy's, he served three years as Vice President of Franchise Development at Domino's®, leading retail store expansion, global retail re-imaging and franchise recruiting. From 2008 to 2011, Solano spearheaded product innovation at Domino's, where his team created an award-winning pipeline of innovative products. Prior to Domino's, Solano served as Marketing Director for The Hershey Company. In this role, he led marketing and product innovation for Hershey's® largest brand, Reese's® Peanut Butter Cups, as well as Hispanic marketing. During his career, Solano also has held marketing positions with Procter & Gamble, the Kellogg Company and Newell Rubbermaid, where he oversaw the launch of the brand's culinary school, the Calphalon Culinary Center. Solano holds a B.S. from Grand Valley State University and a M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Steven Graham

Mr. Steven B. Graham serves as Senior Vice President of the Company., effective November 10, 2014. He was Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of The Wendy's Co. Mr. Graham also serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Wendy’s International, a position he has held since February 2009. Mr. Graham served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller of Arby’s from January 2007 until the Company’s sale of Arby’s in July 2011. From October 2006 through December 2006, he served as Vice President, Assistant Corporate Controller of Arby’s. Prior to joining Arby’s, Mr. Graham served as Corporate Controller at Princeton Review LLC from April 2004 to September 2006, as Vice President – Controller of Sbarro, Inc. from January 2000 to March 2004, and as Controller of Sbarro, Inc. from April 1994 to January 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Graham served as Controller for additional retail entities and as an auditor with Laventhol & Horwath for 13 years.

Darrell van Ligten

Mr. Darrell G. van Ligten serves as Senior Vice President - Strategic Development; President of Company’s principal international subsidiaries (excluding Canada) of The Wendy's Co. He has served as Senior Vice President – Strategic Development of the Company since February 2009, and leads the Wendy’s brand outside of North America as President of the Company’s principal international subsidiaries (excluding Canada), a position he has held since February 2010. He also led the Arby’s brand outside of North America prior to the Company’s sale of Arby’s in July 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. van Ligten was a partner of Regent Golf, a private club management company he co-founded in 2007. From 2006 to 2007, he was an Executive-In-Residence at Catalytic Capital. Mr. van Ligten served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Operation Services of American Golf Corp. from 2003 to 2006. He served as General Manager, Toybox Group at Toys R Us, Inc. from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that, Mr. van Ligten held management positions in Strategic Planning and Marketing at Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc. (predecessor to Yum! Brands), Arby’s, Inc. (predecessor to Arby’s), Taco Bell and PepsiCo.

Craig Bahner

Mr. Craig S. Bahner serves as Chief Marketing Officer of The Wendy's Co. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bahner worked for more than 20 years at The Procter & Gamble Company, a global leader in consumer products, where he held several key leadership positions, including Vice President, North America Hair Care and Color from 2006 to 2011, Vice President, Northeast Asia Fabric and Home Care from 2002 to 2006, and Marketing Director, North America Fabric Care from 1999 to 2002. Prior to joining The Procter & Gamble Company, Mr. Bahner served as Marketing Manager of The Sportsman Market, Inc. from 1988 to 1991, and as Inventory Planner of The Pillsbury Company from 1986 to 1988. Mr. Bahner also serves as a trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Liliana Esposito

Ms. Liliana Esposito is Chief Communications Officer of the Company. Most recently, Esposito worked for Dean Foods, the nation’s largest processor and distributor of dairy products, as Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. As a member of Dean’s® executive leadership team, she was responsible for aligning communications with business needs and successfully executing engagement strategies for key internal and external audiences. She also played a key role in Dean’s re-structuring into three distinct businesses, served as president of the company's philanthropic foundation and spearheaded communications on critical topics such as environmental sustainability, animal welfare and nutrition. Prior to Dean Foods, Esposito held a number of roles of increasing scale and complexity that included Mercury Public Affairs, where she was Senior Vice President and led campaigns for leading corporate and non-profit clients. She also worked as a Public Affairs Manager for Mars Inc. and, earlier in her career, as a Senior Associate with Burson-Marsteller. Esposito holds a J.D. from Seton Hall University and a B.A. from The University of Virginia.

Scott Weisberg

Mr. Scott A. Weisberg serves as Chief People Officer of The Wendy's Co. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Weisberg served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc, from 2010 to 2011. Prior to that, he worked for 15 years at General Mills, Inc., where he held several key leadership positions, including Vice President, Human Resources for the U.S. Retail Organization from 1995 to 2010. Prior to joining General Mills, Inc., Mr. Weisberg held human resources and training positions with Nabisco, Inc. from 1993 to 1995 and with PepsiCo from 1987 to 1993.

Edward Garden

Mr. Edward P. Garden serves as Director of The Wendy's Co. Mr. Garden has been a director of the Company since December 2004. He served as Vice Chairman of the Company from December 2004 through June 2007 and as Executive Vice President of the Company from August 2003 until December 2004. Additionally, Mr. Garden has been Chief Investment Officer and a founding partner of Trian Partners since November 2005. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Garden was a managing director of Credit Suisse First Boston, where he served as a senior investment banker in the Financial Sponsors Group. From 1994 to 1999, he was a managing director at BT Alex Brown, where he was a senior member of the Financial Sponsors Group and, prior to that, co-head of Equity Capital Markets. Mr. Garden has also served as a director of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. since September 2011, and as a director of Trian Acquisition I Corp. since October 2007. Mr. Garden previously served as a director of Chemtura Corporation from January 2007 through March 2009.

V. Janet Hill

Ms. V. Janet Hill serves as an Independent Director of The Wendy's Co. Ms. Hill has been a director of the Company since September 2008. She served as a director of Wendy’s International from 1994 until its merger with a subsidiary of the Company in September 2008. Ms. Hill is a principal in Hill Family Advisors, where she oversees her family’s assets and investments. She also serves as an officer of Hill Ventures. From 1981 until her retirement in 2010, Ms. Hill was Vice President of Alexander & Associates, Inc., a corporate consulting firm in Washington, D.C. which she owned and managed, where she provided corporate planning, advice and analysis to directors, executives and managers in the areas of human resource planning, corporate responsibility, corporate communications and government consultation. Ms. Hill also serves as a director of Dean Foods Company, Sprint Nextel Corporation and Carlyle Group Management L.L.C., the general partner of The Carlyle Group L.P. She also serves on the board of trustees at Duke University, the board of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and the board of directors of the Military Bowl.

Joseph Levato

Mr. Joseph A. Levato serves as an Independent Director of The Wendy's Co. Mr. Levato has been a director of the Company since June 1996. Mr. Levato served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and certain of its subsidiaries from April 1993 to August 1996, when he retired from the Company. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Trian Group from January 1992 to April 1993. From 1984 to December 1988, Mr. Levato served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Triangle Industries.

J. Randolph Lewis

Mr. J. Randolph Lewis serves as an Independent Director of The Wendy's Co. Mr. Lewis has been a director of the Company since September 2008. He served as a director of Wendy’s International from 2004 until its merger with a subsidiary of the Company in September 2008. Mr. Lewis served as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics of Walgreen Co., the drugstore chain in the United States, until his retirement in January 2013. Mr. Lewis joined Walgreen Co. in March 1992 as Divisional Vice President, Logistics and Planning. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics in 1999. Prior to joining Walgreen Co., Mr. Lewis was a partner in the consulting division of Ernst & Young.

Peter Rothschild

Mr. Peter H. Rothschild serves as an Independent Director of The Wendy's Co. Mr. Rothschild has been a director of the Company since May 2010. He served as a director of Wendy’s International from March 2006 until its merger with a subsidiary of the Company in September 2008. Mr. Rothschild has been the Managing Member of Daroth Capital LLC, a financial services company, since its founding in 2001 and the President and CEO of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Daroth Capital Advisors LLC, a securities broker-dealer, since 2002. Prior to founding Daroth Capital, Mr. Rothschild was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Leveraged Finance and Industrial Finance groups at Wasserstein Perella, the predecessor company to Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, where he served from 1996 to 2001. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Rothschild was a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Natural Resources Group at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and was one of the founders of the firm’s Leveraged Finance and Financial Buyer Coverage groups. From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Rothschild was a Managing Director and Head of the Industrial Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Rothschild served as a director of Deerfield Capital, predecessor to CIFC Corp., from December 2004 to April 2011, and as the Interim Chairman of Deerfield Capital’s board of directors from April 2007 to April 2011.

David Schwab

Mr. David E. Schwab, II, serves as an Independent Director of The Wendy's Co. Mr. Schwab has been a director of the Company since October 1994. Mr. Schwab has been a Senior Counsel with the law firm of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., New York, NY, since January 1998. Prior to that, he was a partner with the law firm of Schwab Goldberg Price & Dannay, New York, NY, for more than five years. Mr. Schwab also serves as Chair Emeritus of the board of trustees, and as Chair of the executive committee, of Bard College.

Jack Wasserman

Mr. Jack G. Wasserman serves as an Independent Director of The Wendy's Co. Mr. Wasserman has been a director of the Company since March 2004. Mr. Wasserman has practiced law as a solo practitioner since September 2001. Prior to that, he was a senior partner with the law firm of Wasserman, Schneider, Babb & Reed and its predecessors, New York, NY, from 1966 until September 2001. Mr. Wasserman also serves as a director of Icahn Enterprises G.P., Inc., the general partner of Icahn Enterprises L.P., and previously served as a director of two of its operating subsidiaries – American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC, from 2003 until its sale in 2008, and National Energy Group, Inc., from 1998 until its sale in 2006. Mr. Wasserman also serves as a director of Cadus Corporation.

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