Elon alumna, Wendy’s CEO Kerrii Anderson to deliver 2007 Commencement address TODAY, May 19

Kerrii Anderson, chief executive officer and president of Wendy’s International, Inc., and a 1979 Elon alumna, will deliver the commencement address at Elon University at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, Under the Oaks in front of West Residence Hall. Details...

Anderson was named CEO and president of Wendy’s in 2006. She joined the company in September 2000 as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and was appointed to the company’s board of directors in November 2000. She has managed key areas of the corporation, including strategic planning, human resources, supply chain, information technology and Wendy’s bakery.

Before joining Wendy’s, Anderson worked for KPMG Peat Marwick, a top five accounting firm, and RJR Nabisco. She also served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of M/I Schottenstein Homes, Inc., for 14 years. She served on the board of directors at M/I, one of the nation’s leading homebuilders.

Anderson has served on the finance committee of the Columbus Foundation, the OhioHealth finance committee and on several other boards. She currently serves on the board of Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), one of the world’s largest clinical laboratories.

Anderson has been featured in “Women Power Players,” a special section in Nation’s Restaurant News magazine about top female executives in the U.S. restaurant industry. USA Today also profiled Anderson in a May 2006 article, shortly after she was named interim CEO of Wendy’s.

Anderson is an Alamance County native who graduated magna cum laude from Elon with a degree in business administration and minors in accounting and economics. Anderson later earned an MBA from Duke University. She is on the board of visitors of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke and the board of trustees at Franklin University.

She and her husband, Doug, recently named two rooms in the Ernest A. Koury, Sr. Business Center in honor of former Elon faculty members Janie Council and Jeanne Williams.