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Trump’s Labor secretary pick knows franchises make the difference

Cabinet choices have consequences. And last week, President-elect Donald Trump made one choice that will improve the circumstances of millions of working Americans: nominating Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, as the next Secretary of Labor.

As CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, I know Andy as a competitor and friend. We have both been called turnaround specialists.

Andy took CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, from a distressed and debt-ridden company to a healthy billion dollar brand. Similarly, I have led Popeyes, from a declining brand in virtually every metric to a thriving competitor with an enterprise value of $1.3 billion.

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