Advisory Council

Abigail Pringle

President, International and Chief Development Officer

The Wendy's Company

Ms. Pringle is a senior strategy executive with 25+ years of leadership experience who has built a strong reputation for leading organizations and brands through times of major change and turnaround, transformation, and growth. This experience charts across multiple industries; food and hospitality, higher education, and business/IT consulting. She has a diverse slate of functional experience; Technology/Digital, Operations, Strategy, M&A, CSR/ESG, Development and International.

She currently serves as the President, International and Chief Global Development Officer for The Wendy’s Company, a $12B+ global restaurant brand with 7000+ restaurants across 30+ countries, where she has led the high-profile transformation of this iconic brand since 2010 with responsibilities for design, construction/ engineering, real estate, and franchise development/M&A. Since 2018 she has had full P&L responsibility for the International business segment where she owns marketing, R&D, supply chain, operations and digital for 1000+ restaurants and $1.6B in sales. She also owns the Global Real Estate and Development business segment P&L that accounts for $100M+ in EBITDA and ~1600 leases/properties.

Ms. Pringle has transformed an aged brand and franchise system by leading more than $2B in franchise M&A transactions, invigorated a culture used to the status quo, and led an accelerated transformation of the brand image (building, logo, packaging etc.) that has driven more than half of the company’s sales and customer count growth and significantly increased its relevance with millennial consumers. She is an experienced brand and general manager with an astute focus and aptitude for differentiating the customer experience in a highly competitive marketplace.

Prior to driving Development, she proved her intellectual horsepower while SVP Strategic Initiatives and Planning, redesigning the new product development strategy, working on the transition team for the merger of Wendy’s and Arby’s, and creating the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. She began at Wendy’s as a change-agent while building a business and customer focused IT function during a time of rapid automation. She has demonstrated resilience, grit and an invaluable leadership impact through Wendy’s brand transformation, helped navigate a company through a global pandemic and in helping transition a brand into a global one.

She started her career at Accenture, a $50B global professional services company, where she was highly respected for her ability to influence and drive change while leading the implementation of financial and HRIS systems and processes at some of the largest universities in the US.

Ms. Pringle believes in giving back and being an active member of the community. She has served in recent years as an executive committee member and strategy committee chair of the Board of Directors for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. She also currently serves on the Advisory Board for Dupler Office, a privately held full-service office furniture dealer, as well as on the Board of Trustees for Denison University. She has been a catalyst for change as the executive sponsor/chair of the Women’s Employee Network for The Wendy’s Company where she is leading strategies focused on building a female leadership pipeline and developing top talent. Ms. Pringle fueled her love of learning and honed her critical thinking skills while at Denison University where she received her BA degree, and while attending Phillips Exeter Academy.

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