Senior Officers

David C. Novak

Executive Chairman
Yum! Brands, Inc.

David C. Novak became Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands on January 1, 2015. Novak leads Yum!’s Board of Directors and supports the Company’s CEO, on corporate strategy, innovative business and brand building ideas along with leadership development. During his tenure with the Company, Yum! Brands doubled in size to 41,000 restaurants and established itself as a global powerhouse going from approximately 20 percent of its profits coming from outside the United States in 1997 to nearly 70 percent in 2014, while remaining an industry leader in return on invested capital. In so doing, Yum! Brands’ compound annual shareholder return has been 16% and its market capitalization has grown to nearly $32 billion from just over $4 billion. Prior to leading Yum! Brands, Novak was President at both KFC and Pizza Hut, and held senior management positions at Pepsi-Cola Company, including Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales.

Novak is on the board of directors of the World Food Program USA. Additionally, he is a member of The Business Council and The American Society for Corporate Executives, while also devoting considerable personal support to the United Nations World Food Programme and Dare to Care Food Bank hunger relief. In the spring, he will receive the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and become a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is a recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He is also the recipient of the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.

Greg Creed

Chief Executive Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.

Greg Creed became Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Brands on January 1, 2015 and a Director of the Board in November 2014. He reports to the Company’s Executive Chairman, David Novak. Creed leads the Company’s overarching strategies, structure, people development and culture that will drive sales and profitability at all of its businesses worldwide. All YUM functional leaders and divisions report to Creed, a 20-year veteran with the Company. Creed has more than 30 years of extensive experience in marketing and operations with leading packaged goods and restaurant brands. Previously, Creed was head of Taco Bell, the nation’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain that serves more than 36 million customers each week in nearly 6,000 restaurants in the U.S. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bell in early 2011 after serving as President and Chief Concept Officer and was responsible for driving overall brand strategy and performance of the business in the U.S. and internationally. He has held various roles with the Company including Chief Marketing Officer at Taco Bell where he spearheaded the “Think Outside the Bun” campaign and new product introductions that generated strong sales and profit growth for five consecutive years, as well as Chief Operating Officer for Yum! where he created a people-focused leadership approach for global operations and led the strategic development for Taco Bell International.

Jonathan Blum

Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs and Global Nutrition Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.

Jonathan Blum is Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs and Global Nutrition Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc. He reports to the CEO and serves on the Company’s Disclosure and Compliance Oversight Committees and is Vice Chairman of the Yum! Foundation. His global portfolio includes public policy issues management, internal and external communications, corporate social responsibility, community diversity, nutrition, government affairs, community relations and philanthropy. Jonathan was Vice President of Public Affairs for Taco Bell Corp. before PepsiCo spun-off its restaurant companies in 1997.

Niren Chaudhary


Niren Chaudhary is President of the KFC division and reports directly to the KFC division CEO. Chaudhary has more than two decades of experience of which he has spent over a decade working at Yum! Brands in various positions. He oversees KFC’s business in Thailand, Asia FBU (Franchise Business Unit), Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to his current role, Chaudhary served as President of Yum! Restaurants India from 2011-2015. He has grown KFC into the fastest growing quick service brand which was named the “Most Trusted Quick-Service Restaurant Brand” in India by The Brand Trust Report 2015 study. Pizza Hut has been named the “Most Trusted Food Service Brand” by The Economic Times (India) for the last 10 consecutive years. Chaudhary was also instrumental in bringing Taco Bell to India. Prior to this, he was the General Manager of KFC Netherlands & Germany. Chaudhary has also been the Operations Director of Pizza Hut and KFC India. Prior to joining Yum! Brands, he worked with Tata Administrative Service from 1986 to 1994

Roger Eaton

Chief Executive Officer

Roger Eaton became CEO of the KFC Division on August 18, 2015, and reports directly to Yum! Brands’ CEO. Eaton is a restaurant industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience serving in a series of leadership positions for Yum!. and KFC, one of the fastest growing retail brands in the world with more than 14,000 restaurants around the world, excluding the China and India Divisions. Reporting to Eaton are the leaders of the KFC operations, human resources, marketing, development, finance, technology, legal functions, the president of the KFC Division and president of KFC U.S. Previously, Eaton served as Chief Operations Officer for Yum! Brands, where he oversaw global food safety priorities, world-class operations and sustainability efforts for the Company from 2011 to 2015. In addition, he dually served as President of the KFC Division from 2014 to 2015, overseeing KFC’s business in the Middle East, Thailand, Asia FBU (Franchise Business Unit), Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout his career with the Company he has held a number of leadership roles including Chief Executive Officer of KFC U.S., President of KFC Corporation (U.S.), Chief Operating and Development Officer for Yum! Brands and Senior Vice President/Managing Director of Yum! Restaurants International South Pacific (SOPAC). Earlier in his career, he was Regional Operations Director of KFC SOPAC, General Manager of KFC New Zealand and Finance Director of KFC SOPAC.

Larry Gathof

Vice President and Treasurer
Yum! Brands, Inc.

Larry Gathof is Vice President and Treasurer for Yum! Brands, Inc. In this role, Larry leads the Treasury function including risk management and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Larry was Vice President of Corporate Planning and Mergers and Acquisitions. Larry has 17 years of finance experience with Yum! including roles in strategic planning, investor relations and shared services. Prior to joining Yum!, Larry held various finance roles with a Global consumers goods company with a primary focus in international planning and control.

David Gibbs

Chief Executive Officer
Pizza Hut

David Gibbs became CEO of the Pizza Hut division on January 1, 2015, and reports directly to Yum! Brands’ CEO, Greg Creed. In his new role, Gibbs will continue to drive growth of Pizza Hut, the world’s largest pizza restaurant company with more than 13,000 restaurants outside of the China and India divisions. Reporting to Gibbs are the leaders of the global Pizza Hut operations, human resources, marketing and food innovation, development, finance, technology, legal functions as well as the functional leaders of Pizza Hut U.S.

Gibbs has held a variety of roles at Yum! and its predecessor companies since he joined in 1989, including development, real estate, finance, and engineering positions. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Pizza Hut US from 2006 to 2010 before transitioning to a global role as President and Chief Financial Officer of Yum! Restaurants International. In that capacity, he was responsible for growing the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands in approximately 125 countries. Most notably, Gibbs was President of Pizza Hut US, overseeing the brand’s 6,000+ restaurants across the United States prior to assuming the role of CEO.

Before joining Yum!, Gibbs worked for Salomon Brothers in New York City in their mortgage-backed bond trading department. David is a graduate of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Applied Mathematics and has an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Marc Kesselman

Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Yum! Brands, Inc.

Marc Kesselman became Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) on February 1, 2016. Reporting to the YUM! CEO, he oversees all of YUM’s legal activities. Kesselman joined YUM from Dean Foods where he held a similar role, and has a unique combination of expertise in global business, corporate law as well as food and agriculture policy and regulatory affairs. Previously, he was Senior Vice President & General Counsel at PepsiCo America’s Foods where he oversaw a wide variety of complex commercial, transactional, litigation, regulatory, and government affairs issues relating to PepsiCo’s food businesses in North and South America. Prior to joining PepsiCo, he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he advised the Secretary of Agriculture and directed all legal activity for the Department. For the previous three years, he served as Deputy General Counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he handled a variety of regulatory, budgetary and legal policy matters. Marc also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy and as a Trial Attorney in its Civil Division. His work there earned him the John Marshall Award, the Attorney General’s highest recognition for trial of litigation. He holds a JD in law from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Government from Cornell University.

Brian Niccol

Chief Executive Officer
Taco Bell

Brian Niccol became CEO of the Taco Bell division on January 1, 2015, and reports directly to Yum! Brands’ CEO, Greg Creed. In his new role, Niccol is responsible for driving overall brand strategy and performance of the business in the U.S. and internationally. He is accountable for doubling the business by 2022, going from $7 billion to $14 billion in revenue and opening 2,000 new restaurants.

Niccol joined Taco Bell in 2011 and previously served as President of Taco Bell from 2013-2014, where under his leadership, Taco Bell successfully launched breakfast, the fastest growing daypart in the industry, as well as mobile ordering and payment. He also put a renewed focus on brand relevance through digital, social, mobile technology and a people-centric culture. Niccol was promoted to President in 2013 after repositioning the brand from food as fuel to food as experience in his role as Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer (CMIO). As CMIO, Niccol introduced the Live Más tagline, the breakthrough Doritos Locos Tacos, and fresh new products including the game-changing Cantina Power menu.

Prior to his positions at Taco Bell, he joined Pizza Hut in late 2005 as Vice President of Strategy. During his tenure at Pizza Hut, Niccol also served as CMO, where he led the brand strategy and positioning that achieved record transactions and market share and as General Manager for Pizza Hut, Inc., where he managed the brand and led an organization of nearly 16,000 people in more than 6,000 restaurants. Additionally, he opened a new digital/mobile access mode that generated over a half billion dollars in sales.

Before joining Pizza Hut, Niccol spent 10 years in various brand management positions at Procter & Gamble. Niccol holds an undergraduate degree from Miami University (OH) and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Niccol serves as Chairman of the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and serves on the Board of Governors for the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Micky Pant

Chief Executive Officer
Yum! Restaurants China

Micky Pant became CEO of Yum! Restaurants China on August 18, 2015, and reports directly to Yum! Brands’ CEO. Pant is a long-time YUM veteran. He brings his vast knowledge of KFC and Pizza Hut best practices from around the globe and strategic, brand building expertise to Yum! Restaurants China. Yum! is the leading retail developer in China with more than 6,800 restaurants in over 1,000 cities. A seasoned executive team in China reports to Pant including the Chief Executive Officers of KFC and Pizza Hut China. Over the past decade, Pant has held a number of leadership positions at the Company including CEO of the KFC Division, CEO of Yum! Restaurants International (YRI), President of Global Branding for Yum! Brands, President and Chief Marketing Officer for YRI, Global Chief Concept Officer for Yum! Brands and President of Taco Bell International. Before joining the Company, Pant built a foundation in marketing and international business with 15 years at Unilever in India and the UK and worked at PepsiCo and Reebok. While he was CMO, Reebok was the winner of two Golden Lion awards at the Cannes Film Festival, considered widely as the highest recognition in advertising. He was also recognized as the Interactive Marketer of the Year by Adweek magazine in 2003.

David Russell

Interim Chief Financial Officer
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller
Yum! Brands, Inc.

David Russell became interim Chief Financial Officer on February 19, 2016, reporting directly to Yum! Brands’ CEO, and will continue to retain his responsibilities as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller of Yum! Brands, Inc., a role he has held since December 2011. He has been Vice President, Corporate Controller since February 2011. David has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience. He has been with the Company for the past 16 years serving in various finance and accounting roles. Prior to his current role, David served as Vice President, Financial Planning and Controller-Designate. Previous positions at Yum! include Vice-President, Financial Planning, Vice-President and Assistant Controller and Senior Director, Finance.

Tracy Skeans

Chief People Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.

Tracy Skeans became Chief People Officer of Yum! Brands Inc., (NYSE: YUM) on January 1, 2016, and reports to the YUM! CEO. She oversees the company’s people capability strategy, developing the talent and leadership needed to build powerful brands and fuel sustainable results around the world. A key area of focus is harnessing brand-building capabilities and knowledge globally, while championing our brands’ people-first recognition culture in the restaurants and local teams who serve our customers, franchisees and communities. Skeans has a strong track record of business leadership since joining the company in 2000. Prior to assuming her current position, she was President, Pizza Hut International, a business spanning 85 countries, 13,600 restaurants and approximately 400,000 employees. In 2013, as Chief People Officer, Pizza Hut, Skeans was one of the key architects of the strategy and structure to separate Yum! Restaurants International into the global brand divisions of KFC and Pizza Hut. Before leading HR, Skeans spent the first half of her career in Finance roles including strategic planning, asset development and accounting at Pizza Hut. Prior to Yum!, Skeans worked in an international treasury role at Union Switch & Signal, a leading global developer of equipment for light rail systems and as a senior auditor with Price Waterhouse LLP. Skeans holds an MBA in Finance from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in accounting from Lehigh University.