Stephen Piacentini

VP, Global Restaurant Development and Recruiting, The Wendy’s Company

Stephen Piacentini joined Wendy’s in 2018 as the Vice President of North America Restaurant Development and Recruiting. In February 2019, his role expanded, and he currently serves as Vice President of Global Restaurant Development and Recruiting. In this role, he is responsible for Franchise and Corporate New Restaurant Growth Strategy, Franchise Recruiting and Real Estate.

Prior to joining Wendy’s, Stephen was the Chief Development Officer for Jimmy John’s, and spent 13 years at Taco Bell in a variety of roles in Finance, Strategy, Operations and Development, eventually becoming the Senior Director of Development and Facilities. In this role, he grew new restaurants by 200+ per year and launched the Taco Bell Cantina urban expansion strategy.

Stephen has a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Pitzer College, and a Master of Arts in Policy, Economics and Business from Claremont Graduate University.

Stephen and his family successfully transplanted from Orange County, CA to Columbus, OH where the Wendy’s love is in full effect as they seldom make it more than a few days without visiting their local Wendy’s. Stephen usually goes with the Dave’s Double to enjoy double the fresh, never frozen beef.