Wendy’s: Announces Addition To Board Of Directors

Dublin / OH. (twc) The Wendy´s Company announced that its Board of Directors has increased the size of the Board from ten to eleven members and elected Michelle Mathews-Spradlin to serve as a director of the Company effective immediately. Prior to her retirement in 2011, Mathews-Spradlin worked at Microsoft Corporation for 18 years, where she served, among other roles, as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President. In this position, she oversaw the company´s global marketing function and built demand for the technology brands, including Windows, Office, Xbox, Bing and Internet Explorer. She oversaw a multi-billion Dollar marketing budget and a department of several thousand people. Chairman Nelson Peltz said Mathews-Spradlin provides the Wendy´s Board with extensive experience in global brand management and a deep understanding of the technology industry. «We are thrilled to have someone with Mich´s impressive background and qualifications serve on our Board», Peltz said. «We are especially excited about her experience in digital media and marketing strategy, as well as her in-depth understanding of consumer-facing technology». Mathews-Spradlin grew up in England and attended Brighton University, where she received a Bachelor´s degree in Business Management. After graduation, she spent three years in various capacities at General Motors and then began her career with Microsoft as a communications consultant in the United Kingdom. She later joined Microsoft as a full-time employee in 1993 as head of the corporate public relations function. In addition to her Board seat at Wendy´s, Mathews sits on the Digital Advisory Board of Unilever N.V., and the Boards of Oanda Corporation, True X Media and Bitium Inc. She also serves as Executive-in-Residence at the University of Southern California´s Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications.