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CKE Restaurants names new tech leader

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Justin Falciola
Justin Falciola is joining CKE Restaurants from Papa Johns's International.

The parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s has appointed a new chief technology & growth officer for both burger brands.

Justin Falciola will join CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. in the new role to oversee information technology, digital strategy and operations, as well as guide the implementation of new technologies and support the digital evolution of loyalty, first-party and third-party digital channels.

Falciola joins CKE from Papa John's International, where he has served as chief insights and technology officer since 2018. Prior to that, Falciola served in technology and IT roles at Humana, Fifth Third Bank and JPMorgan Chase.

"We are excited to welcome Justin to the organization," said CKE CEO Max Wetzel. "As technology continues to shape and change the QSR industry, I am confident that his extensive record of success leading high-performing analytics, digital and IT teams will help both Carl's Jr. and Hardee's enable digital growth."

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Earlier this year, CKE Restaurants announced the separation of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's brand and introduced a leadership structure with three teams, each led by a president driving execution of strategic growth plans. CKE said advancing digital growth is a major focus of the company's strategy, and that it is investing in areas like mobile ordering, delivery and loyalty programs.

"It is an exciting time to be joining CKE Restaurants," said Falciola. "I look forward to leveraging my experience to help Carl's Jr. and Hardee's reach their unique business goals, evolve the team and guest experience through technology and ultimately grow these two iconic brands.”

With both an American and international footprint, Carl's Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee's Restaurants LLC have more than 3,600 franchised or company-operated restaurants domestically and more than 35 international markets.

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