Elon alum Kerrii Anderson named Wendy’s CEO

Kerrii Anderson '79 has been named interim Chief Executive Officer and President of Wendy's International Inc. Details...

She has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a Board member of the company since 2000.

“Kerrii has demonstrated excellent strategic management in many key areas of the corporation over the past six years,” said James Pickett, chairman of the board of directors. “She has a passion for the Wendy’s business, is committed to strong relationships with our franchisees, and has the respect and support of Wendy’s management team. Our entire Board supports Kerrii in her new role and we look forward to working with her in the coming months.”

Anderson , 48, joined Wendy’s in September 2000 as Executive Vice President and CFO, and was appointed to the Board in November 2000. She has managed key areas of the corporation including Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Information Technology and Wendy’s Bakery. For the past year, the Cafe Express business has reported to Anderson. For the past six years, Anderson has managed the Company’s Accounting, Finance, Treasury, M&A, Investor Relations, Risk Management and Internal Audit functions.

She has worked with Wendy’s Franchise Advisory Committee and Wendy’s National Advertising Program and will join both groups.

Prior to joining Wendy’s, Anderson was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of M/I Schottenstein Homes, Inc., a $1 billion NYSE company that is one of the nation’s leading builders of single-family homes. She was also on the Board of Directors of M/I.

Anderson has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and accounting from Elon. Anderson has served on the finance committee of the Columbus Foundation and the Ohio Health finance committee. She is on the Board of Visitors of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the Board of Trustees of Franklin University.

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