Wendy’s names Kurt Kane U.S. president in leadership revamp

Abigail Pringle was named president, international and chief development officer as part of management restructuring.


By Jonathan Maze, Restaurant Business

May. 08, 2019


Kurt Kane was promoted to president of Wendy’s U.S. market and chief commercial officer as part of a leadership restructuring designed to accelerate the company’s expansion around the world.


Abigail Pringle was promoted to president, international and chief development officer.


Bob Wright, Wendy’s chief operations officer, plans to leave the Dublin, Ohio-based burger chain at the end of May.


The company said it created the two new positions as part of the “to continue to drive further accountability and efficiencies across the organization.”


“We see an opportunity to increase our effectiveness by driving clear accountabilities for our growth across the organization,” Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor said during the company’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday.


Kane had been Wendy’s chief concept and marketing officer and was promoted to executive vice president in 2018. He will assume responsibilities for the entire U.S. business, including operations, marketing and research and development. He will also continue to lead the company’s digital organization.


Pringle had been with Wendy’s since 2002 and was...