Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> April 11, 2005

John Barker – Wendy’s International Inc (wen)

JOHN D. BARKER joined Wendy's International, Inc., in May 1996 as Vice President of Investor Relations. In 1998, he was promoted to Vice President of Investor Relations and Financial Communications, and in 2003 was promoted to Senior Vice President. Today he manages the company's investor relations, financial communications and enterprise planning functions, and is a member of the company's Strategic Planning Council and Executive Staff. Prior to joining Wendy's, Mr. Barker was Manager of Investor Relations and Financial Communications for American Greetings Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio, a $2 billion manufacturer of greeting cards, gift wrap and paper goods. Mr. Barker previously held positions as Business Copy Editor for The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio; Business Editor for The Beaver County Times newspaper near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Director of Marketing and Advertising for Cosmopolitan Fitness Corp. in Pittsburgh; and he was a news desk editor and sports reporter for The Observer-Reporter newspaper in Washington, Pennsylvania. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from The Ohio State University and graduated from Waynesburg College with a BS in English. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief overview of Wendy's International?

Mr. Barker: Wendy's today is a system of about 9,700 total restaurants.

We have four brands starting with Wendy's