Andrew F. Puzder (b. 1953) is chief executive of CKE Restaurants. He received his juris doctorate in 1978 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and is a member of the California, Nevada and Missouri bar associations. Puzder has served as president and CEO of CKE since September 2000.
He is the company spokesperson who appears as the official advertising announcer in commercials for West Coast-based Carl's Jr. and St. Louis, Missouri-based Hardee's, respectively. He was awarded PR News' 2005 Spokesperson of the Year.
Puzder was widely criticized for his elitist remarks concerning minimum wage given during an interview to Yahoo on July 7,2014. In this interview he detailed he believes a higher minimum wage paid to his employees would hurt everyone including his own employees who would most certainly benefit from making almost a third more in pay.
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