ATLANTA, Oct 07, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. (NYSE: WEN) today announced organizational
changes in its international subsidiary. The announcement is part of the
Company's strategic initiative to further develop the Wendy's(R) and
Arby's(R) brands in markets outside of North America.
Industry veteran Andy Skehan has been hired as Senior Vice President of
Wendy's/Arby's International. Skehan began work this week and reports to
Darrell van Ligten, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for
"We recently completed extensive market analysis that shows we have the
potential for more than 8,000 restaurants outside of North America,"
said Wendy's/Arby's Group President and Chief Executive Officer Roland
Smith. "We are excited that Andy will lead our International team and
we're confident that his restaurant industry and operations expertise
will help us capitalize on this important growth opportunity."
Skehan most recently served as President of Europe, Africa and Middle
East (EAME) for Quizno's, where he was responsible for restructuring and
growing the sandwich chain's business throughout the region. Previously,
Skehan held leadership positions with Churchill Downs, Inc., where he
was Chief Operating Officer, as well as PepsiCo Restaurants
International and Nabisco-Europe.
In addition, Wendy's/Arby's Group announced today that it will
consolidate its international subsidiary in Atlanta. This will take
place over the next several months as Wendy's/Arby's International
transitions its leadership team and operations to the Wendy's/Arby's
Group corporate headquarters in Atlanta.
About Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc.
Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. is the third largest quick-service restaurant
company in the U.S. and includes Wendy's International, Inc., the
franchisor of the Wendy's restaurant system, Arby's Restaurant Group,
Inc., the franchisor of the Arby's restaurant system, and Wendy's/Arby's
International, Inc., a subsidiary through which both brands intend to
expand internationally. The combined restaurant systems include more
than 10,000 restaurants in the United States and 24 countries and
territories worldwide. To learn more about Wendy's/Arby's Group, please
visit the Company's web site at www.wendysarbys.com.
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