LABOR/TRUMP PEOPLE/ANDREW PUZDER: “President Donald Trump’s former labor secretary nominee, Andy Puzder, is stepping down as CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains.
CKE announced in a press release Tuesday [3-22-17] that Jason Marker, former president of Kentucky Fried Chicken U.S., has been selected as the company’s new chief executive officer.
‘Jason has tremendous experience in franchising, in the (Quick Service Restaurants) sector, and in positioning and growing iconic brands,’ Mr. Puzder, who has served as CKE’s CEO since 2000, said in a statement.
‘I expressed my desire to have CKE plan for succession approximately a year ago, and I could not be more pleased to have Jason Marker selected to be the company’s next leader,’ he said. ‘He is an outstanding executive who will continue to build the Hardees and Carl’s Jr. brands both internationally and domestically.’
Mr. Puzder withdrew himself from consideration for labor secretary mid-February amid bipartisan opposition due to allegations of spousal abuse and hiring an illegal immigrant to clean his house.”

-Jessica Chasmar, “Andy Puzder, Trump’s former pick for labor secretary, steps down from CEO post,” The Washington Times online, March 22, 2017