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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Nelson Peltz

75 2007 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Todd Penegor

51 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Peter May

74 2007 Independent Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board

Gunther Plosch

49 2016 Chief Financial Officer

Robert Wright

49 2014 Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and International

Leigh Burnside

47 2017 Chief Accounting Officer

David Trimm

50 2015 Chief Information Officer

Kurt Kane

45 2015 Chief Concept and Marketing Officer

Liliana Esposito

42 2014 Chief Communications Officer

Scott Weisberg

53 2012 Chief People Officer

E. Wunsch

45 2016 Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Emil Brolick

69 2016 Director

Kristin Dolan

51 2017 Director

Matthew Peltz

34 2015 Director

Kenneth Gilbert

66 2017 Independent Director

Dennis Kass

66 2015 Independent Director

Joseph Levato

76 1996 Independent Director

Michelle Mathews-Spradlin

50 2015 Independent Director

Peter Rothschild

61 2010 Independent Director

Arthur Winkleblack

60 2016 Independent Director

Peter Koumas

2017 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Nelson Peltz

Mr. Nelson Peltz is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Peltz has been a director of the Company since September 2008 when the Company commenced its current business, the ownership and franchising of the Wendy’s restaurant system. He served as a director of the Company’s predecessor companies from April 1993 until September 2008, when Wendy’s International, Inc. merged with Triarc Companies, Inc. Mr. Peltz has served as our non-Executive Chairman since June 2007. He also served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and as a director or manager and an officer of certain of our 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 January 1989 to April 1993, Mr. Peltz was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trian Group, Limited Partnership, 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., a metals and packaging company. Mr. Peltz has served as a director of Mondelez International, Inc. since January 2014, Sysco Corporation since August 2015 and The Madison Square Garden Company since September 2015. Mr. Peltz previously served as a director of H. J. Heinz Company from September 2006 to June 2013, Ingersoll-Rand plc from August 2012 to June 2014, Legg Mason, Inc. from October 2009 to December 2014 and MSG Networks Inc. from December 2014 to September 2015.

Todd Penegor

Mr. Todd A. Penegor is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He joined the Company in June 2013 and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2016. Prior to that, he served as our President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2016 to May 2016. Mr. Penegor also served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and International from December 2014 to January 2016 and as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2013 to December 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Penegor worked at Kellogg Company, a global leader in food products, from 2000 to 2013 where he held several key leadership positions, including Vice President of Kellogg Company and President of U.S. Snacks from 2009 to June 2013, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kellogg Europe from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kellogg USA and Kellogg Snacks from 2002 to 2007. Prior to joining Kellogg, Mr. Penegor worked for 12 years at Ford Motor Company in various positions, including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, the controller’s office and treasury. Mr. Penegor is actively involved with various civic organizations and serves as a trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and as a member of the Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business financial advisory board.

Peter May

Mr. Peter W. May is Independent Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. May has been a director of the Company since September 2008 when the Company commenced its current business, the ownership and franchising of the Wendy’s restaurant system. He served as a director of the Company’s predecessor companies from April 1993 until September 2008, when Wendy’s International, Inc. merged with Triarc Companies, Inc. Mr. May has served as our non-Executive Vice Chairman since June 2007. He also served as our President and Chief Operating Officer and as a director or manager and an officer of certain of our subsidiaries from April 1993 through June 2007. Additionally, Mr. May has been President and a founding partner of Trian Partners since November 2005. From January 1989 to April 1993, Mr. May was President and Chief Operating Officer of Trian Group, Limited Partnership. From 1983 to December 1988, he was President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of Triangle Industries, Inc. Mr. May has served as a director of Tiffany & Co. since May 2008. Mr. May is actively involved with various civic organizations and serves as Chairman of the board of trustees of The Mount Sinai Health System in New York, Vice Chairman of the New York Philharmonic, a trustee of both the New-York Historical Society and The University of Chicago, a life member of the advisory council of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a director of the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts and a partner of the Partnership for New York City.

Gunther Plosch

Mr. Gunther Plosch is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Plosch worked for 16 years at Kellogg Company, a preeminent global food products company, where he held several key domestic leadership positions, including Vice President of Global Business Services from December 2014 to April 2016, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kellogg North America from January 2010 to November 2014, Vice President of Finance for Morning Foods from October 2007 to December 2009 and Vice President of Corporate Planning from May 2005 to September 2007. He also served from May 2000 to April 2005 as the Finance Director of Kellogg Company’s United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland division. Previously, Mr. Plosch worked in Austria, Belgium and the United Kingdom for The Procter & Gamble Company, where he held various positions in finance from 1991 to 2000.

Robert Wright

Mr. Robert D. Wright is Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and International of the Company. He served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer from December 2014 to May 2016 and as Chief Operations Officer from March 2014 to December 2014. Prior to his tenure with the Company, Mr. Wright served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer for Charley’s Grilled Subs from December 2010 to December 2013. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Company and Franchise Operations at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. from January 2008 to August 2010. Previously, Mr. Wright worked for ten years at Wendy’s International in various corporate roles, including Vice President of Operations and Training Integration from 2006 to 2008, President of Café Express, LLC from 2005 to 2006, Director of Area Operations from 2000 to 2005 and Franchise Area Director from 1998 to 2000. Prior to joining Wendy’s International, Mr. Wright worked as a Senior Franchise Consultant at Domino’s Pizza from 1993 to 1998. Mr. Wright is a member of the board of directors of QSCC . He also serves as a trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Leigh Burnside

Ms. Leigh Burnside has been appointed as Chief Accounting Officer of the Company., effective August 14, 2017. Ms. Burnside has served in her current position since September 2013. In this position, she leads the Company’s budgeting and forecasting processes, as well as the business and financial analytics team, which supports all functions of the Company. Ms. Burnside has been with the Company since September 2004 and previously held director-level positions in Financial Reporting, Corporate Accounting and Financial Planning and Analysis. She previously served as Vice President of Strategic Financial Analysis from July 2011 until she was appointed to her current position. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Burnside held manager positions in SEC Reporting at L Brands, Inc. and Borden, Inc. and spent seven years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP and Coopers & Lybrand. She is a certified public accountant.

David Trimm

Mr. David G. Trimm is Chief Information Officer of the Company. Mr. Trimm worked for 14 years at The Hertz Corporation, one of the largest worldwide airport general use car rental companies, where he held several key leadership positions, including Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer from October 2013 to January 2015, Senior Vice President—Business Transformation Projects and Customer Loyalty from August 2012 to October 2013, Staff Vice President—eBusiness and Rent-a-Car Information Technology from May 2007 to August 2012 and Vice President—Business Systems for Hertz Europe Ltd. from April 2002 to May 2007. Mr. Trimm’s information technology, marketing and operations experience also includes his previous service as Vice President—Business Systems for Hertz Lease Europe (then a division of the Ford Motor Company) from June 2001 to April 2002, Chief Information Officer of Hotel Associates (an online hotel services start-up company in the United Kingdom) from October 2000 to June 2001, Global Systems Development Director for Hilton Group Plc from July 1997 to June 2000, Business Systems Manager for Coca-Cola Schweppes Beverages Ltd. and then Coca-Cola Enterprises from April 1993 to July 1997 and as Business Systems Manager for C&J Clark Ltd (a United Kingdom-based footwear manufacturer and retailer) from 1989 to 1993.

Kurt Kane

Mr. Kurt A. Kane is Chief Concept and Marketing Officer of the Company. Mr. Kane worked at Yum! Brands, Inc. for seven years, where he held several key leadership positions for the Pizza Hut brand, including Global Chief Marketing and Food Innovation Officer from January 2014 to March 2015, Chief Marketing Officer of Pizza Hut U.S. from February 2011 to December 2013 and Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications of Pizza Hut U.S. from 2008 to 2010. Prior to joining Yum! Brands, Mr. Kane worked at Frito-Lay, Inc. from 2005 to 2008, where he served as Marketing Director for New Products and Multipack Business and as Senior Brand Manager for the Doritos brand. Prior to that, he worked at Molson Coors Brewing Company from 2001 to 2005, where he was a Brand Manager and Brand Director for the Molson portfolio. Mr. Kane served as an Air Defense Artillery platoon officer in the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Following his military service, he began his business career at The Procter & Gamble Company, where he worked as an Assistant Brand Manager for the Sunny Delight brand from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Kane also serves as a trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Liliana Esposito

Ms. Liliana Esposito is Chief Communications Officer of the Company. She also assumed additional responsibilities for the Company’s quality assurance function. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Esposito worked at Dean Foods Company, one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United States, where she served as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs from January 2012 to March 2014 and Senior Director of Public Affairs from January 2010 to December 2011. Prior to that, Ms. Esposito worked at Mercury Public Affairs, a public strategy firm, where she served as Senior Vice President from January 2008 to January 2010 and Vice President from July 2005 to December 2007. Prior to joining Mercury Public Affairs, Ms. Esposito served as Public Affairs Manager at Mars, Inc. from July 2000 to July 2005. Previously, she served as a Senior Associate with Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations and communications firm. Ms. Esposito is a member of the board of directors of Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc. (“QSCC”), the independent purchasing cooperative for the Company and Wendy’s system. She also serves as a trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Scott Weisberg

Mr. Scott A. Weisberg is Chief People Officer of the Company. Mr. Weisberg served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of SunEdison Inc. (formerly known as MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.), a global leader of semiconductor and solar technology, 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 of Human Resources for the U.S. Retail Organization from 2007 to 2010, Vice President of Compensation, Benefits and Staffing from 2005 to 2007 and Vice President of Human Resources for Supply Chain and Technology. Prior to joining General Mills, Mr. Weisberg held human resources and training positions with Nabisco, Inc. from 1993 to 1995 and PepsiCo, Inc. from 1987 to 1993.

E. Wunsch

Mr. E.J. Wunsch is Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of the Company. Mr. Wunsch worked for 17 years at The Procter & Gamble Company, a renowned global leader in providing branded consumer packaged goods, where he held several key leadership positions, including Vice President and General Counsel—North America from July 2015 to September 2016, Associate General Counsel—Asia Innovation, Commerce & Brand Equity from September 2013 to July 2015, Associate General Counsel—ASEAN & Asia Developing Markets from August 2011 to September 2013, Assistant Secretary and Associate General Counsel—Corporate, Securities & Employee Benefits from November 2006 to August 2011 and Associate Director and Senior Counsel—M&A/Licensing from April 2004 to November 2006. Prior to joining The Procter & Gamble Company, Mr. Wunsch was an associate attorney with the Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP law firm and a law clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich.

Emil Brolick

Mr. Emil J. Brolick is Director of the Company, effective May 26, 2016. Mr. Brolick has been a director of the Company since September 2011. He served as our President from September 2011 to January 2016 and as our Chief Executive Officer from September 2011 until his retirement from his management duties in May 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Brolick was Chief Operating Officer of Yum! Brands, Inc. and President of two of Yum! Brands’ 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, he was 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., a position he held from July 2000 to November 2006. Before joining Taco Bell, Mr. Brolick worked at Wendy’s International for 12 years, last serving as Senior Vice President of New Product Marketing, Research and Strategic Planning.

Kristin Dolan

Ms. Kristin A. Dolan serves as Director of the company. Ms. Dolan is the founder and has been the Chief Executive Officer of 605 LLC, an audience measurement and data analytics company in the media and entertainment industries, since its inception in November 2016. Prior to founding 605 LLC, Ms. Dolan worked at Cablevision Systems Corporation, a former large communications service provider, where she held several key leadership positions during her tenure with the company. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer, a role in which Ms. Dolan led all aspects of the company’s cable operations, including the advertising sales division and its development of data strategy for audience-driven advertising in the nation’s most influential television viewing market, and oversaw thousands of employees, including the company’s customer and field service workforce.

Matthew Peltz

Mr. Matthew H. Peltz is Director of the Company. Mr. Peltz has been a director of the Company since December 2015. Mr. Peltz is a Partner and Senior Analyst and has been a member of the Investment Team of Trian Partners since January 2008. As a senior member of the Investment Team, he sources and generates new investment ideas, leads due diligence on potential investments and focuses on portfolio construction, risk management and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Trian Partners, Mr. Peltz was with Goldman Sachs & Co. and its affiliates from May 2006 to January 2008. Since September 2015, Mr. Peltz has attended meetings of the board of directors and the compensation committee of Pentair plc in a non-voting, non-participating observer capacity. Mr. Peltz previously served as a director of ARG Holding Corporation, the parent company of the Arby’s® restaurant brand, from September 2012 to December 2015.

Kenneth Gilbert

Mr. Kenneth W. Gilbert is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Gilbert is the Group Chief Marketing Officer of VOSS of Norway ASA, a global manufacturer and marketer of premium bottled water, a role he has held since October 2012. Prior to joining VOSS, Mr. Gilbert founded and served as the President of RazorFocus, a marketing consultant practice, from May 2005 to October 2012. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of UniWorld Group, Inc., the longest established multicultural advertising agency in the U.S., from May 2003 to June 2004. From September 1995 to April 2001, Mr. Gilbert worked at Snapple Beverage Corporation (formerly Snapple Beverage Group, Inc.) as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, where he led marketing efforts to revitalize the brand and assembled four company brands for successful disposition. Prior to his employment with Snapple, he served as Group Account Director at Messner Vetere Berger Carey Schmetterer RSCG advertising agency from July 1991 to August 1995 and as Senior Vice President and Director of Client Services at UniWorld Group, Inc. from February 1989 to June 1991.

Dennis Kass

Mr. Dennis M. Kass is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kass has been a director of the Company since December 2015. From February 2013 to June 2014, Mr. Kass served as Vice Chairman and a Senior Advisor at Ridgeway Partners, an executive search firm. From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Kass served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jennison Associates, LLC, an institutional asset manager. Prior to joining Jennison Associates, Mr. Kass spent 13 years with JPMorgan’s investment management unit, last serving as Vice Chairman and Chief Fiduciary Officer of JPMorgan Fleming Asset Management. Prior to that, he was Vice President of the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs & Co. Mr. Kass served in the Reagan Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Pension and Welfare Benefits under the Employee Benefits Security Administration from 1985 to 1987 and was a Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development from 1981 to 1982. Mr. Kass has served as a director of Legg Mason, Inc. since April 2013 and was non-executive Chairman of Legg Mason from July 2013 to October 2014. Mr. Kass also serves as an Advisory Partner of Trian Partners and as a member of the Lockheed Martin investment management company advisory board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies advisory board, the advisory board for finance and the global executive board for the MIT Sloan School of Management and a member of the board of trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary. He previously served as a trustee and Vice Chairman of the Financial Accounting Foundation.

Joseph Levato

Mr. Joseph A. Levato is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Levato has been a director of the Company since September 2008 when the Company commenced its current business, the ownership and franchising of the Wendy’s restaurant system. He served as a director of the Company’s predecessor companies from June 1996 until September 2008, when Wendy’s International, Inc. merged with Triarc Companies, Inc. Mr. Levato also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and certain of our 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, Limited Partnership 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, Inc.

Michelle Mathews-Spradlin

Ms. Michelle “Mich” Mathews-Spradlin is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Mathews-Spradlin has been a director of the Company since February 2015. From 1993 until her retirement in 2011, Ms. Mathews-Spradlin worked at Microsoft Corporation, where she served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of the Central Marketing Group from 2005 to 2011, Corporate Vice President of Marketing from 2001 to 2005, Vice President of Corporate Public Relations from 1999 to 2001 and head of the Corporate Public Relations function from 1993 to 1999. Prior to her employment with Microsoft, Ms. Mathews-Spradlin worked in the United Kingdom as a communications consultant for Microsoft from 1989 to 1993. Prior to that, she held various roles at General Motors Co. from 1986 to 1989. Ms. Mathews-Spradlin also serves as a board member of several private companies, including Bitium, Inc., OANDA Global Corporation, The Bouqs Company and You & Mr Jones. She is also a member of the board of trustees of the California Institute of Technology and a member of the executive board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Ms. Mathews-Spradlin also guest teaches at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she served as an M{2e} Executive-in-Residence in February 2015.

Peter Rothschild

Mr. Peter H. Rothschild is Independent Director of the Company. He served as a director of Wendy’s International from March 2006 until its merger with 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, an investment bank, where he worked 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 one of the founders of the firm’s Leveraged Finance and Financial Buyer Coverage groups. From 1984 to 1990, he was a Managing Director and Head of the Industrial Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Rothschild previously served as a director of Deerfield Capital Corp., currently owned by FAB Partners, from December 2004 to April 2011 and as Interim Chairman of Deerfield Capital’s board of directors from April 2007 to April 2011. Mr. Rothschild is also actively involved with various civic organizations and serves a member of The Mount Sinai Medical Center Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine advisory board, the Tufts University School of Engineering board of advisors and the Tufts University Gordon Institute Entrepreneurial Leadership Program advisory board.

Arthur Winkleblack

Mr. Arthur B. Winkleblack is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Winkleblack provides financial, strategic planning and capital markets consulting services for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, a global leader in asset management and disposition and the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, where he has served as Senior Advisor to the CEO since June 2014. He retired in June 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of H. J. Heinz Company, a global packaged food manufacturer, where he had been employed since 2002. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Winkleblack worked at Indigo Capital as Acting Chief Operating Officer of Perform.com and Chief Executive Officer of Freeride.com. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of C. Dean Metropoulos Group from 1998 to 1999, as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation from 1996 to 1998 and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Commercial Avionics Systems, a division of AlliedSignal, Inc., from 1994 to 1996. Previously, he held various finance, strategy and business planning roles at PepsiCo, Inc. from 1982 to 1994. Mr. Winkleblack has served as a director of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. since January 2008 and Performance Food Group Company since March 2015. He previously served as a director of RTI International Metals, Inc. from December 2013 to July 2015.

Peter Koumas