The Wendy's Company has named Matt Spessard as its new chief information officer (CIO).
Spessard will succeed Kevin Vasconi who has served as CIO since October 2020. He will report to president and CEO Kirk Tanner and serve on the Wendy's Senior Leadership Team.
Spessard has served as senior vice president, global chief technology officer for The Wendy's Company since August 2022. In this role, he was accountable for establishing the Wendy's System global technology vision and leading technological innovation and development to drive continued growth, competitive brand advantage and topline revenue for the company and franchisees.
As CIO, Spessard will assume responsibility for all aspects of Wendy's global technology efforts, including Restaurant Technology, Data Management and Analytics, Enterprise Technology, Software Architecture and Engineering, and Information Security.
"Driving the growth of the digital business and harnessing technology in restaurants to improve the customer and crew experience are important pieces of our plan to accelerate sales and profitable growth across the global system," said president and CEO Kirk Tanner. "Matt's extensive experience in overseeing global technology initiatives at Wendy's positions him as the ideal leader to build growth on our already successful foundation."
"The brand's future growth is strongly linked with technology, and I'm excited about the possibilities it brings," said Spessard. "As we move forward, technology has the potential to unlock the next chapter of growth and I'm deeply committed to Wendy's success in this dynamic landscape."
Spessard joined Wendy's in May 2020 as VP, Restaurant Technology and assumed the expanded role of VP, Digital and Restaurant Technology in September 2020.
Prior to that, he spent six years with Inspire Brands. He served in several roles of increasing accountability, including vice president of technology at SONIC. He also previously held various operations and technology leadership roles at YUM! Brands, Church's Chicken and Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores.