Todd A. Penegor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Director

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Mr. Penegor has been a director of the Company since May 2016.

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 his employment with 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 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 Vice Chair of the board of trustees of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and as a member of the Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business financial advisory board.

Robert D. Wright, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer

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Mr. Wright joined the Company in December 2013 and has served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer since December 2018, a role that he also previously held from December 2014 to May 2016. He also served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and International from May 2016 to December 2018 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 Charleys Philly Steaks from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Company and Franchise Operations at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. from 2008 to 2010. Previously, Mr. Wright worked for ten years at Wendy’s International in various corporate roles from 1998 to 2008, including Vice President of Operations and Training Integration, President of Café Express, LLC, Director of Area Operations and Franchise Area Director. Before 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 Quality Supply Chain Co-op, Inc., the independent purchasing cooperative for the Company and Wendy’s system. He also serves as a trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Kurt A. Kane, Executive Vice President, Chief Concept and Marketing Officer

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Mr. Kane joined the Company in May 2015 and has served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Concept and Marketing Officer since July 2018. He previously served as our Chief Concept and Marketing Officer from October 2015 to July 2018 and as Chief Concept Officer from May 2015 to October 2015.

In his Company role, Mr. Kane has responsibility for all marketing, digital and culinary innovation. He has also received numerous industry honors, including being named one of the “Top 40 Marketing Innovators to Watch” by PR Week magazine and one of the “Top 100 Most Talented Global Marketing Leaders” by the World Marketing Congress..

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kane held several different leadership positions within the food and beverage space that provided him with a broad and deep perspective on how to connect effectively with customers. Previously, he worked at Yum! Brands, Inc. for seven years, where he held several key leadership positions for the Pizza Hut brand from 2008 to 2015, most recently serving as Global Chief Marketing and Food Innovation Officer. In this role, Mr. Kane was responsible for all advertising, media and product innovation across over 13,000 restaurants in 87 countries, as well as for providing senior general management leadership for the Middle East, Turkey and Canada. He also served as Chief Marketing Officer of Pizza Hut U.S. and Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications of Pizza Hut U.S.

Before joining Yum! Brands, Mr. Kane held several different leadership positions that provided him with unique leadership opportunities. He worked at Frito-Lay, Inc. from 2005 to 2008, where he led the brand positioning, advertising, packaging and product innovation work that jumpstarted the reinvention of the Doritos brand. He also led the Frito-Lay, Inc. multipack business and worked in the new product group. Previously, Mr. Kane worked at Molson Coors Brewing Company from 2001 to 2005, where he led the seven-brand Molson portfolio for four years and Blue Moon Belgian White Ale. He also developed and implemented strategies, programs and advertising that reversed seven years of double-digit declines and made Molson the fastest growing “Top 25” imported beer brand. Mr. Kane began his business career at The Procter & Gamble Company from 1998 to 2001, where he led the repositioning of the Sunny Delight brand.

Mr. Kane served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. He holds a B.S. in Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as a trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Gunther Plosch, Chief Financial Officer

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Mr. Plosch has served as our Chief Financial Officer since he joined the Company in May 2016.

Previously, Mr. Plosch worked for 16 years at Kellogg Company, a preeminent global food products company, where he held several key leadership positions from 2000 to 2016, including Vice President of Global Business Services, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kellogg North America, Vice President of Finance for Morning Foods, Vice President of Corporate Planning and Finance Director of Kellogg Company’s United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland division. He began his career in Austria, Belgium and the United Kingdom working for The Procter & Gamble Company, where he held various positions in finance from 1991 to 2000.

Mr. Plosch is a native of Salzburg, Austria and graduated with marketing and finance degrees from Johannes Kepler University. He also completed service in the Austrian military.

M. Coley O'Brien, Chief People Officer

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Mr. O’Brien joined the Company in May 2007 and became Chief People Officer in March 2018 after more than ten years of experience with the Company.

Previously, he served as our Vice President of Human Resources and Field Capability from August 2013 to December 2017, a role in which he provided HR leadership to the Company’s North American operations. Mr. O’Brien also served as Vice President of Training from April 2011 to July 2013 and National Director of Operations Training from May 2007 to March 2011. In those roles, Mr. O’Brien led the training function, supporting learning systems and the development of customized learning solutions for approximately 250,000 crew members, managers and multi-unit operators in more than 6,500 restaurants.

Mr. O’Brien also leads the Company’s HR Forum, which facilitates the identification and sharing of HR best practices across the Company’s franchise system.

Prior to his tenure with the Company, Mr. O’Brien worked at Sears Holdings Corporation for five years, where he served as Director of Retail Training and was responsible for the training of 150,000 salaried and hourly field associates performing both operational and consultative selling roles nationally. Before joining Sears Holdings Corporation, Mr. O’Brien began his business career with Arthur Andersen LLP, where he was employed from 1999 to 2002 as a Senior Consultant and specialized in global learning strategies and training development for large organizations in the retail, telecommunications, energy and pharmaceutical industries.

Mr. O’Brien attended Indiana University, where he obtained an M.S.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology. He is also actively involved in youth baseball programs within his community.

Liliana M. Esposito, Chief Communications Officer

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Ms. Esposito has served as our Chief Communications Officer since she joined the Company in June 2014.

Previously, Ms. Esposito worked at Dean Foods Company from 2010 to 2014, one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United States, where she served as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and Senior Director of Public Affairs. Prior to that, Ms. Esposito worked from 2005 to 2010 at Mercury Public Affairs, a public strategy firm, where she served as Senior Vice President and Vice President. Prior to joining Mercury Public Affairs, Ms. Esposito served as Public Affairs Manager at Mars, Inc. from 2000 to 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., the independent purchasing cooperative for the Company and Wendy’s system. She also serves as a trustee of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Abigail Pringle, Chief Global Development Officer and International

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Ms. Pringle joined the Company in May 2002 and has served as our Chief Global Development Officer and International since October 2018. She previously served as our Chief Development Officer from December 2014 to October 2018.

As a member of our senior leadership team, she is responsible for design, construction, real estate planning, site selection, portfolio management and franchise development and services. Ms. Pringle leads the Company’s image activation efforts, including brand reimaging, new restaurant development and system optimization growth initiatives for the North America business. Previously, she served as our Senior Vice President of Restaurant Development and Growth Initiatives from July 2013 to December 2014 and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Planning from April 2012 to June 2013. In these capacities, Ms. Pringle led the creation of new restaurant designs and uniforms and partnered with the Company’s Marketing team to redesign the brand logo and packaging. Prior to that, she ultimately served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Planning from November 2008 to March 2012 and was responsible for facilitating the Company’s brand-planning process and driving key strategies, such as strategic pricing, breakfast, sustainability (CSR) and franchise excellence.

Prior to her tenure with the Company, Ms. Pringle worked from 1996 to 2002 for Accenture plc, a global professional services company, where she provided leadership to various clients in the areas of process reengineering, systems implementations, organizational design and change management.

Ms. Pringle has also served on the board of directors and the executive committee of the Columbus, Ohio Chamber of Commerce since 2013, and she has been the chair of the strategy committee of the Columbus, Ohio Chamber of Commerce since 2016. She has also served on the advisory board of Dupler Office, a privately held company since 2017.

Leigh A. Burnside, Chief Accounting Officer

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Ms. Burnside joined the Company in September 2004 and has served as our Chief Accounting Officer since August 2017. She previously served as our Vice President—Finance and Planning from September 2013 to August 2017. In that capacity, she led the Company’s budgeting and forecasting processes, as well as the business and analytics team, which supports all Company functions. Prior to that, she served as Vice President—Strategic Financial Analysis from July 2011 to September 2013 and held director-level positions in Financial Reporting, Corporate Accounting and Financial Planning & Analysis from September 2004 to July 2011.

Prior to her tenure with the Company, Ms. Burnside worked at L Brands, Inc. (formerly known as Limited Brands, Inc.) from 2001 to 2004, where she served as Manager of Internal Audit and Manager of Financial Reporting. Previously, she served as External Reporting Manager for Borden, Inc. from 1999 to 2001. Ms. Burnside’s corporate accounting and financial reporting, planning and analysis experience also includes seven years of public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP and Coopers & Lybrand.

Ms. Burnside holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a certified public accountant (inactive).

E.J. Wunsch, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

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Mr. Wunsch has served as our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary since he joined the Company in October 2016.

Previously, Mr. Wunsch worked for 17 years at The Procter & Gamble Company, a global leader in providing branded consumer packaged goods, where he held several key leadership positions from 1999 to 2016, having most recently served as Vice President and General Counsel of North America business. Prior to that role, he was based in Singapore, where he had overall legal responsibility for the company’s patent, trademark and advertising issues throughout Asia. Before relocating to Singapore, Mr. Wunsch held various legal positions that supported the company’s business units, including Assistant Secretary and Associate General Counsel for the company’s employee benefits, corporate governance and securities matters.

Prior to joining The Procter & Gamble Company, Mr. Wunsch was an associate attorney with the Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP law firm from 1997 to 1999 and a law clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich from 1996 to 1997.

Mr. Wunsch holds a B.S. in Finance from Miami University, magna cum laude, and a J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.