Feb 15, 2017

CKE silent on Andy Puzder's future as CEO

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata

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CKE Restaurants, the parent company of burger chains Hardee's and Carl's Jr., declined on Wednesday to say if Andy Puzder will remain as CEO, following his decision to withdraw as President Trump's nominee for U.S. Labor Secretary.

Puzder has been with CKE since 1997, and has run the show since 2001. After his December nomination, the company declined to name a successor.

When called by Axios today to learn of Puzder's future relationship to the company, a spokeswoman replied via email that CKE "won't be providing further commentary at this time." Roark Capital, the private equity firm that owns CKE, also declined comment.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

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Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.