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J.  David Karam II

J. David Karam II

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J. David Karam is the Chief Executive Officer of Sbarro, a leading Italian quick service restaurant company.  Mr. Karam joined Sbarro when he was appointed Chairman of the Board in January of 2012 and assumed the additional duties of CEO in March of 2013. 

Before joining Sbarro, Mr. Karam was the President of Wendy’s International from 2008 to 2011.  During his tenure at Wendy’s, Karam led a successful turnaround, which included significant improvements in product quality, operational execution and brand profitability.  Under his leadership, Wendy’s rose to become the second largest QSR Hamburger chain in the U.S., surpassing Burger King for the first time in the company’s 42-year history.  In 2011, Karam was inducted into Wendy’s Hall of Fame. 

Prior to joining Wendy’s in 2008, Mr. Karam was president of Cedar Enterprises, one of the largest franchisees in the Wendy’s system.  While President of Cedar Enterprises, the company was awarded the R. David Thomas Founders Award, the Diamond Award for National Marketer of the Year and numerous other recognitions.  He joined Cedar Enterprises in 1986 as Vice President of Finance before being promoted to President in 1989.  Mr. Karam previously served as senior auditor for Touche & Ross from 1982 to 1986. 

Karam is a CPA and holds a B.S. in Accounting from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Owner President Management program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.  He serves on the Board of Directors for Henny Penny Corporation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Pontifical College Josephinum.  He is the current chair of the ALSAC Board of Directors.