AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster "Jason has tremendous experience in franchising, in the QSR sector, and in positioning and growing iconic brands," Puzder, 66, who has served as CKE’s CEO since 2000, said in a statement.
Puzder has been a vocal opponent of raising the minimum wage and of the Affordable Care Act.
He has faced criticism from the left for his past opposition to overtime pay, as well as for Carl's Jr.
In December, Puzder said that to "hire American and buy American is our policy," but in 2015, the fast-food CEO criticized Republican presidential candidates for their anti-immigration policies.
Puzder has also admitted to employing an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper, despite the Trump administration's condemnation of illegal immigration.