ST. LOUIS, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Laughery, former CEO of
Hardee's(R) and former Chairman of its Board of Directors, died Sunday in
Jackson Hole, Wyo. at the age of 71. He died of pneumonia after a battle
against lung cancer.
Laughery joined the Hardee's family in 1972 as executive vice president
of operations after Hardee's bought the Sandy's restaurant chain. One year
later he was appointed president and chief operating officer, and in 1975
he was named CEO - a title he held until his retirement in 1990.
During his tenure as CEO, Laughery guided the chain through its
introduction of the "Big Twin" sandwich, the launch of
Made-From-Scratch(TM) biscuits, the launch of the highly successful
California Raisins(TM) promotion and the acquisition of the Burger Chef
chain. When he retired as CEO in 1990, Hardee's was the third largest QSR
hamburger chain in the world with system- wide sales of $4.1 billion. After
his retirement as CEO, Laughery served as Chairman of Hardee's from
"Our deepest sympathies go out to the Laughery family, especially to
his wife Helen and his four daughters," said Andrew F. Puzder, Hardee's
president and CEO. "Jack will always be known as a tireless leader and
fast-food innovator. His contributions to the Hardee's brand, to the state
of North Carolina and to the city of Rocky Mount will never be forgotten."
Hardee's Food Systems, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE
Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: CKR) of Carpinteria, Calif. As of the first fiscal
quarter ended May 22, 2006, CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its
subsidiaries, had a total of 3,141 franchised or company-owned restaurants
in 43 states and in 13 countries, including 1,062 Carl's Jr.(R)
restaurants, 1,963 Hardee's restaurants and 100 La Salsa Fresh Mexican
Grill(R) restaurants. For more information, or to find a Hardee's near you,
go to www.ckr.com or www.hardees.com.
Contact: Jeff Mochal