David Karam, president of North America for Wendy's, will be leaving the the company at the of the end of 2011.
Karam intends to return to his Cedar Enterprises business, which operates 151 Wendy’s restaurants in six states.
“David provided excellent leadership to the organization during a critical time in the company’s history," president and CEO Emil Brolick says in a company statement.
"He drove significant improvements in Wendy’s financial performance by implementing a disciplined and thorough business review process throughout the system. He also improved store operations and focused the brand on higher quality products such as Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries, Premium Salads and Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy cheeseburgers.”
In a statemet published by the company, Karam says, “I am grateful to our leadership team, employees and franchisees for their partnership and commitment to Wendy’s as we turned around the brand’s performance over the past three years.”
The company will not replace the president of North America position, as Brolick will assume direct management responsibility for leading the business.