Ron Coolbaugh

COO at CKE Restaurants


Ron Coolbaugh currently serves as COO of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Prior to his current role, he was General Manager of the Americas & Europe in the international division for CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Ron has over 35 years of company-owned and franchise operations experience in the quick-service-restaurant industry and has spent the previous 18 years developing international markets for CKE.

During Ron’s tenure in the International Division, he spent 18 years developing markets for the Carl’s Jr. brand in the Americas & Europe. Prior to joining the international division for CKE, Ron held the position of Director of Operations Services for the Hardee’s brand. Ron also served previously as the Director of Special Projects and oversaw the initial implementation of the Green Burrito dual brand concept in the Carl’s Jr. system. Ron started in the Carl’s Jr. system as a crew person in 1984 and worked through various field positions prior to that.

Mr. Coolbaugh has been employed by CKE Restaurants, Holdings, Inc. for 35 years and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration.



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