Tom Lindblom is vice president and chief technology officer of CKE Restaurants, a company that operates franchised, licensed and company-operated restaurants in 25 countries through its subsidiaries. As of May 2012, the company had a total of 3,263 restaurants; including 1,322 Carl’s Jr.® and 1,932 Hardee’s® branches. Mr. Lindblom is responsible for providing the company with strategic direction for using technology to enhance productivity and profitability. He has more than 25 years of experience in the technology field, having held senior-level management positions at a number of companies. During his career, he has completed assignments in varied environments as banking, distribution, drugstores, and restaurants. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the IEEE Standards Association.