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WHITE CASTLE PROMOTES JOHN KELLEY TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDEN


September 14, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHITE CASTLE PROMOTES JOHN KELLEY TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Board of Directors of White Castle System, Inc. has promoted John Kelley to the position of chief people officer and vice president of training and human resources. As a member of the company’s corporate team, Kelley will play an integral role in leading the strategic human resources functions at White Castle and its subsidiaries, White Castle Distributing and the Porcelain Steel Buildings division.
“John has been an invaluable asset to our company and a champion for our team members for the past 18 years,” said White Castle CEO E.W. “Bill” Ingram III. “He has helped to greatly strengthen White Castle’s HR practices and has made the company an even better place to work.”
Kelley joined the company in 1992 as a coordinator in the company’s international division and five years later moved to the human resources department as training manager. He was promoted to director of training in 2000 and to senior director of training and human resources in early 2001. When he was promoted to vice president in 2004, Kelley became responsible for supervising White Castle’s team member services and all training functions for the company’s more than 10,000 team members.
Kelley graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio and later earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio.
Kelley is a certified senior professional of human resources and a member and volunteer Board Member of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers. The great-grandson of White Castle Founder E. W. “Billy” Ingram, Kelley continues the family tradition of community service as a volunteer for the Adventures for Wish Kids and serves on the board of the Ohio Dominican University Alumni Association.

About White Castle
White Castle is a family-owned business based in Columbus, Ohio that owns and operates 421 White Castle Restaurants in 11 states. The company was founded in Wichita, Kansas in 1921 and was the first fast-food hamburger chain. For more information on White Castle, visit www.whitecastle.com.

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