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Director since 2014 | 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 Non-Executive Chairman, Bob Walter. 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.
Director since 2016 | Former Chief Sales Officer of Sprint Corporation
Paget Alves serves on the Boards of Directors of International Game Technology PLC, Ariel Investments LLC and Synchrony Financial. He previously served on the Boards of Directors of GTECH Holdings Corporation and Herman Miller, Inc. He served as Chief Sales Officer of Sprint Corporation, from January 2012 to September 2013, after serving as President of the Business Markets Group since 2009. Prior to that, he held various other positions at Sprint. Before joining Sprint in 2003, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PointOne Telecommunications Inc., and President and Chief Operating Officer of Centennial Communications. Mr. Alves earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University.
Michael J. Cavanagh
Director since 2012 | Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Comcast Corporation
Michael J. Cavanagh is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company. He has held this position since July 2015. From July 2014 to May 2015 he served as Co President and Co Chief Operating Officer for The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm, and he was also a member of the Executive Group and Management Committee of The Carlyle Group. Prior to this, Mr. Cavanagh was the Co Chief Executive Officer of the Corporate & Investment Bank of JPMorgan Chase & Co. from 2012 until 2014. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Treasury & Securities Services business, one of the world’s largest cash management providers and a leading global custodian. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Cavanagh was Chief Financial Officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Director since 2017 | Former Executive Chairman of The Sherwin-Williams Company
Christopher Connor served as Executive Chairman of The Sherwin-Williams Company, a global manufacturer of paint, architectural coatings, industrial finishes and associated supplies, until 2016. Mr. Connor held a number of executive positions at Sherwin-Williams beginning in 1983. He served as Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2015, Chairman from 2000 to 2015, and served as Executive Chairman during 2016. Mr. Connor is Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and serves on the board of Eaton Corporation plc.
Director since 2015 | Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corporation
Brian Cornell is board chairman and CEO of Target Corp. He is responsible for Target’s global business, including nearly 1,800 stores in North America and Target.com, more than 347,000 team members and millions of guests. Mr. Cornell leads the retailer’s ten-person executive leadership team in accelerating Target’s performance, advancing its digital evolution and delivering on its “Expect More. Pay Less.” brand promise. Prior to joining Target in August 2014, Mr. Cornell served as CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods where he oversaw the company’s global food business, the largest of PepsiCo’s four divisions. He was responsible for a portfolio that included Frito-Lay North America, Quaker Foods and all of PepsiCo’s Latin America food and snack businesses. Before joining PepsiCo in 2012, Mr. Cornell served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Mr. Cornell also held the position of CEO at Michaels Stores, Inc., and prior to that, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Safeway. Mr. Cornell serves on the board for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors, providing strategic guidance to the dean in advancing the school’s mission, as well as the boards of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Mirian M. Graddick-Weir
Director since 2012 | Executive Vice President Human Resources, Merck & Co., Inc.
Mirian M. Graddick Weir serves as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Merck & Co., Inc., a pharmaceutical company. She has held this position since 2008. From 2006 until 2008, she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Merck & Co., Inc. Prior to this position, she served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Communications of AT&T Corp from 2004 to 2006. Ms. Graddick Weir served as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources of AT&T Corp. from 1999 to 2004. Ms. Graddick Weir held various executive positions throughout her career with AT&T, which began in 1981. Ms. Graddick Weir served as a director of Harleysville Group Inc. from 2000 until 2012.
Thomas C. Nelson
Director since 2006 | Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, National Gypsum Company
Thomas C. Nelson has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of National Gypsum Company, a building products manufacturer, since 1999 and was elected Chairman of the Board in January 2005. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Nelson served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of National Gypsum Company. He is also a General Partner of Wakefield Group, a North Carolina based venture capital firm. Mr. Nelson previously worked for Morgan Stanley & Co. and in the United States Defense Department as Assistant to the Secretary and was a White House Fellow. He serves as Director of Carolinas Healthcare System and as lead Director of Belk, Inc. Effective January 2015, Mr. Nelson will serve as a director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
Director since 2016 | Chief Operating Officer, North America, Europe, Africa/Eurasia and Global Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive Company
Justin Skala is Chief Operating Officer, North America, Europe, Africa/Eurasia and Global Sustainability of the Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL). Mr. Skala has over 30 years of leadership experience at Colgate-Palmolive, having worked in every region of Colgate’s world (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, India and Russia), and in every one of its product sectors (oral care, personal care, home care and pet food). Prior to serving as President of North America, Mr. Skala was President of Latin America, President of Greater Asia and President of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, North America and held a number of general management, marketing and sales roles. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Elane B. Stock
Director since 2014 | Former Group President, Kimberly-Clark International
Elane B. Stock has served as a Yum! Brands’ Director since 2014. She also served as Group President of Kimberly Clark International, a division of Kimberly Clark Corporation, a leading consumer products company, from 2014 to 2016. From 2012 to 2014 she was the Group President for Kimberly Clark Professional. Prior to this role, Ms. Stock was the Chief Strategy Officer from 2010, when she first joined Kimberly Clark, to 2012.
Robert D. Walter
Non-Executive Chairman, Yum! Brands
Founder and Retired Chairman/CEO, Cardinal Health, Inc.
Robert D. Walter became Non-Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands, Inc. on May 20, 2016. Walter has served on Yum! Brands Board since 2006 and currently leads Yum!’s Board of Directors, supporting the Company’s CEO on corporate strategy and providing a unique business perspective to the Board from his time founding and growing Cardinal Health. Walter is the founder of Cardinal Health, Inc., a company that provides products and services supporting the health care industry. Mr. Walter retired from Cardinal Health in June 2008. Prior to his retirement from Cardinal Health, he served as Executive Director from November 2007 to June 2008. From April 2006 to November 2007, he served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Cardinal Health. From 1979 to April 2006, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Health. Mr. Walter also serves as a director of American Express Company and Nordstrom, Inc. From 2000 to 2007, he was a director of CBS Corporation and its predecessor, Viacom, Inc.