Ned Lyerly

Ned Lyerly

Senior CKE official has Rocky Mount ties

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CARPINTERIA, Calif.– A former Hardee’s executive who long served in Rocky Mount has been promoted to division president of the company that now owns the restaurant chain.

Ned Lyerly was named president of CKE Restaurants Holding’s international division July 16, a release says. He previously served as the division’s executive vice president.

Based in Carpinteria, CKE is the parent company of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. chains.

“Under Ned’s leadership, the international division has doubled in the past five years,” CEO Andrew F. Puzder said in the release. “For the past three years, 63 percent of our new restaurant development has occurred in international markets. The elevation of Ned to this new position further demonstrates our commitment to the international side of our business.”

In his position, Lyerly leads all facets of the division. He has overseen growth of CKE Restaurants’ international portfolio by 100 restaurants, and the company recently announced its 600th international location serving 31 countries.

Restaurants in the international division make up 17 percent of the CKE system and are anticipated to represent more than 25 percent of the system by 2017.

Lyerly has more than 30 years service with Hardee’s and CKE. His tenure includes work in Rocky Mount and Raleigh from July 1984 to August 2001. With CKE, he has worked in financial planning and analysis, global franchise development and international finance and marketing areas.

In other professional ties, he holds the Certified Franchise Executive professional designation, earned through a training and educational program sponsored by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. He also serves as a member of the International Leadership Council of the International Franchise Association.

Lyerly earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

CKE Restaurants Holdings has 3,498 franchise- and company-operated Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants in 42 states and U.S. territories and 31 foreign countries. For more information, go to or