Abigail has served as our Chief Global Development Officer and International since October 2018. She has held a host of leadership roles at Wendy’s since joining the company in 2002, including Chief Development Officer, Senior Vice President of Restaurant Development and Growth Initiatives, and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Planning.
A high-energy leader, she thrives on big challenges and effectively leads her teams through significant transitions – evidenced by the central role she’s played in Wendy’s return to growth since 2013.
Abigail’s fingerprints are all over our restaurants, so to speak. She’s held responsibility for restaurant design, real estate, construction and franchise development, and led an initiative to re-design crew member uniforms, packaging and the logo that helped reinvigorate our brand. In her current role, Abigail is responsible for all restaurant and franchise development globally and is the leader of our International business outside of North America.
Further, Abigail is the executive sponsor of Women of Wendy’s, the Company’s employee network focused on developing and empowering female leaders at Wendy’s.
Although Abigail’s favorite menu item is the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, she fully appreciates fresh beef. She grew up on a cattle farm in Maine and her family ate at the only Wendy’s in town because her father loved the brand (and because it served North American fresh, never frozen beef).
Prior to Wendy’s, Abigail spent six years at the global professional services company Accenture, where she led various clients in the areas of systems implementations, organizational design and change management.
She serves on the board of directors and the executive committee of the Columbus, Ohio, Chamber of Commerce, for which she previously chaired the strategy committee. She also sits on the advisory boards of Dupler Office, a privately held company, and Denison University, her alma mater.