Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today announced the appointment of Lizanne Thomas to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Thomas is a seasoned lawyer, corporate governance expert and business leader who currently serves as Partner-In-Charge of the Southern U.S. Region of Jones Day, one of the world's largest international law firms.

She currently leads the firm's global corporate governance practice. In this role, Ms. Thomas has lectured on governance to leading business organizations, companies, and universities throughout the world.

"Lizanne has the strong governance background we were seeking, with over 30 years of experience providing her expertise to top tier companies like Procter & Gamble and Starwood Hotels and Resorts," said John Cranor, Chairman, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. "We welcome her to the PLKI board and look forward to her contributions."

Ms. Thomas has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. for the past 11 years, and serves as chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Audit Committee.

"Lizanne brings a wealth of industry knowledge and an exceptional board room reputation," said Cheryl Bachelder, Popeyes Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to adding her experience and enthusiasm to our conversations."

Corporate Profile

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. is the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, the world's second-largest quick-service chicken concept based on number of units. As of July 12, 2015, we operated and franchised 2,443 Popeyes restaurants in 48 states, three territories and 27 foreign countries. The Company's primary objective is to deliver sales and profits by offering excellent investment opportunities in its Popeyes brand and providing exceptional franchisee support systems and services to its owners. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. can be found at  www.popeyes.com.

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