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2009 Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference
Don Zimmerman
Chief Information Officer, Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc.

Don Zimmerman serves as chief information officer of Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc. is the nation's third largest quick service restaurant company and is comprised of the Wendy's® and Arby's® brands, two companies distinguished by traditions of quality food and service. The company, with approximately $12 billion in system-wide sales, owns or franchises over 10,000 restaurants.

Zimmerman joined Arby's in 2005 with more than 20 years of information technology experience. His expertise with business solutions, data warehousing, business intelligence, technical infrastructure and operations made Zimmerman a seasoned, well-rounded leader of the Arby's information technology team.

With the recently completed merger between Wendy's International and Arby's Restaurant Group, Zimmerman was named chief information officer for the combined entity. In this, Zimmerman directs all of the information technology functions for both brands and contributes to overall company direction through his role on the Executive Committee.

Prior to Arby's, Zimmerman provided IT leadership to Sears, Roebuck and Company for nine years in numerous capacities. He has additional technology leadership experience working for PepsiCo in the Frito-Lay and international foods divisions and with General Dynamics.

Zimmerman graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas with an MBA, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and three daughters.