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R. David Thomas

Wendy's International

1969 - 1982

Restaurants & Lodging

Military ServiceArmy
1960 b. 1932
Born-Died1932 - 2002
BirthplaceNew Jersey (NJ)
FatherLaborer, Skilled
Era - 1960

A high school dropout, Thomas began his career running four Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. In 1969, he opened his first Wendy's Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Thomas focused Wendy's successful marketing and advertising on simple, good tasting food. By 2001, Wendy's had over 5,300 franchises in 30 countries.