A dozen Carl's Jr. restaurants are slated to open in Kazakhstan during the next five years. "International expansion remains a key strategic focus at CKE," said Andrew F. Puzder, president and chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants, which operates Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. The Americana Group franchisee operates 194 Hardee's restaurants in the Mideast, with plans to expand to 200 units in the first quarter of 2009.

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