Andy Puzder is the former chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants, Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. Puzder joined CKE in 1997 as executive vice president and general counsel. He is broadly credited with resurrecting Hardee’s and turning CKE from a heavily indebted company with declining profits and sales to a profitable, stable and growing company. Prior to joining CKE, Puzder served as executive vice president, general counsel for Fidelity National Financial, Inc. and chief executive officer of Santa Barbara Restaurant Group, Inc. He was formerly a partner with the law firm Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth. Puzder received his juris doctorate in 1978 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is co-author of the book, “Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It.” Puzder is a frequent author and commentator on economic, political and legal issues in influential outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Orange County Register, Forbes, POLITICO, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business and others.