Wendy's International, Inc.
NYSE : WEN

Wendy's International, Inc.

September 19, 2005 12:22 ET

Wendy's Announces Organizational Change

DUBLIN, Ohio--(CCNMatthews - Sep 19, 2005) -

Wendy's International, Inc. announced today that Tom Mueller has resigned as president and chief operating officer of Wendy's effective today. Mueller led Wendy's North America business and the International division.

Mueller joined Wendy's in 1998 as senior vice president of special projects following a lengthy career at Burger King.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jack Schuessler will assume the president's role on an interim basis, overseeing Wendy's operations, marketing, research and development, and other functions, until a replacement is named.

"We thank Tom for his dedicated service to Wendy's and wish him all the best in the future," said Schuessler.

Wendy's focused on improving sales and earnings

"All of our company employees and franchisees are focused on improving Wendy's performance," said Schuessler, "and I will be taking an active day-to-day role in managing the business. We will reinvigorate sales growth with a fanatical approach to execution in the areas of restaurant operations, marketing and R&D."

The Company recently announced several initiatives to improve Wendy's operating and financial performance, including plans to sell selected real estate to franchisees, close underperforming Wendy's restaurants, rebalance Wendy's U.S. and Canadian store mix, and slow new store development.

Schuessler joined Wendy's in 1976 as a manager trainee and has worked in operations at the state, regional and divisional levels. He was Executive Vice President, Wendy's U.S. Operations from 1995-1997, and President and Chief Operating Officer, Wendy's U.S. from 1997-2000. Schuessler was named Chief Executive Officer and President in March 2000, and Chairman of Board in May 2001.

Wendy's International, Inc. overview

Wendy's International, Inc. is one of the world's largest restaurant operating and franchising companies with more than 9,800 total restaurants and quality brands - Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers®, Tim Hortons and Baja Fresh Mexican Grill. The Company has investments in two other quality brands - Cafe Express™ and Pasta Pomodoro®. More information about the Company is available at www.wendys-invest.com.

Safe Harbor statement

Certain information in this news release, particularly information regarding future economic performance and finances, and plans, expectations and objectives of management, is forward looking. Factors set forth in our Safe Harbor under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, in addition to other possible factors not listed, could affect the Company's actual results and cause such results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Please review the Company's Safe Harbor statement at http://www.wendys-invest.com/safeharbor.

Cafe Express is a trademark of Cafe Express, LLC

Pasta Pomodoro is a registered trademark of Pasta Pomodoro, Inc.

Contact Information