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World Food Programme Ambassador Christina Aguilera and Yum! Brands Chairman David Novak Honored at State Department with George McGovern Leadership Award
Special Tribute to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
World Food Program USA recognizes champions in solving global hunger
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Washington, DC- In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, World Food Program USA today honored David Novak, Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands and Christina Aguilera, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger with the George McGovern Leadership Award.
The ceremony highlighted each honoree’s significant contributions in the global effort to solve hunger and concluded with a special tribute to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s legacy of leadership in advancing food security and nutrition. The event also included a roundtable discussion between USAID Administrator Raj Shah, Aguilera and Novak on the power of government and corporate partnerships to address food security globally.
“World Food Program USA believes hunger is the world’s most solvable problem,” said Rick Leach, World Food Program USA President and CEO. “Thanks to the efforts of David and Christina and the leadership of Secretary Clinton, not only are we closer to reaching that goal, but we’re reaching and inspiring a new generation to work alongside us in our fight.”
Novak has made considerable contributions to the fight against hunger through the company’s Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds for the World Food Programme and others, with Christina Aguilera as global spokesperson. World Hunger Relief is operated throughout Yum!’s 38,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in more than 120 countries and is the world’s largest private-sector hunger relief initiative. The effort has raised $115 million for WFP and others, providing 460 million meals to hungry children around the globe - for school meals to emergencies, from Haiti to the Horn of Africa.
“As a woman and mother, I’m honored to receive this award and be part of the global effort to solve hunger,” said Christina Aguilera. “For just 25 cents a day, we can feed a child in school and be part of the solution. In my travels with the World Food Programme, I’ve seen firsthand how that meal changes the life of a child. It’s the stories I’ve heard and the people I’ve met through World Food Programme that I carry with me every day.”
“It is a great honor to accept this recognition on behalf of our 1.4 million employees and franchisees of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,” said David Novak, Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. “With nearly 1 billion people going hungry around the world, we all need to help find a solution to this critical issue. We are thankful to the World Food Programme for their incredible work on the front line, to Secretary Clinton for her unprecedented leadership, to Christina Aguilera for raising her voice for good and to our entire system who have volunteered millions of hours to fight global hunger. We believe it is our privilege and responsibility to do everything we can to make a difference and save lives,” Novak added.
Fighting hunger and malnutrition is good for people, good for the economy, and good for global stability and national security. Now more than ever, we are able to provide efficient and effective solutions for one of the world’s most pressing-yet solvable-problems: global hunger.
Under Secretary Clinton’s leadership, the United States has been a global force in tackling hunger and advancing the goals of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s food security initiative, which supports investments to develop the agricultural sector of partner countries to spur broad-based economic growth and improve nutrition.
For the past 10 years, World Food Program USA has hosted an annual award ceremony to recognize leaders who have played a critical role in the fight against global hunger. In 2009, the award was named after Senator George McGovern, in recognition of his leadership in advancing unprecedented U.S. government efforts to address global hunger. The award was created by Dutch sculptor Marianne Houtkamp to honor the hardships endured by those she met during her many years living in Kenya. The sculpture, titled “Bright Future” is a testament to hope, depicting a mother raising her child up to new opportunities.
This year’s McGovern Awards signature sponsors and partners are Yum! Brands and Monsanto, helping lead in the fight against food insecurity and support World Food Program USA’s efforts to solve hunger globally.
Past honorees include: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Bill Gates and Howard G. Buffett; Senators George McGovern and Robert Dole; Senator Dick Lugar and Odette Loan of Cote D’Ivoire; Senator Dick Durbin and Paul Tergat of Kenya; Senator Tom Harkin and International Paper; and Representatives Jim McGovern, Jo Ann Emerson, and Rosa DeLauro.
World Food Program USA believes we can solve global hunger. We rally American supporters, companies and leaders to raise funds and shape public policy to fight hunger around the world, helping reach 90 million people in over 70 countries. Learn more at: www.wfpusa.org
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Yum! News 2012
November 29, 2012 Yum! Brands Announces Full-Year 2013 Expectations; Reconfirms Full-Year 2012 EPS Growth Forecast of at least 13%; Will Host Investor Update Meeting Thursday, December 6, 2012
October 24, 2012 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens Top 100 Worldwide As Program Kicks-Off Third Year of Offering School Garden Grants That Help Teach Children Multicultural Respect, Hunger Relief and Nutrition; Yum! Brands Foundation Underwrites Peace Garden Initiative as Extension of World Hunger Relief Effort through Partnership with National Gardening Association
October 3, 2012 World Food Programme Ambassador Christina Aguilera and Yum! Brands Chairman David Novak Honored at State Department with George McGovern Leadership Award
October 2, 2012 Yum! Brands Launches Defining Global Volunteer Movement; Hunger to Hope Volunteer Challenge Encourages Local Community Service
September 27, 2012 Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Launch Annual World Hunger Relief Effort with Global Spokesperson Christina Aguilera Using Her Voice for Good in New Public Service Announcement; Aguilera Urges People to Help the Nearly 1 Billion Hungry Worldwide; Visit FromHungertoHope.com
September 25, 2012 Yum! China Celebrates 25th Anniversary and 4,000th KFC Restaurant; Milestone Spotlights Company’s Growth and Leading Position in China
September 24, 2012 Yum! Brands Receives Gold Award for Excellence for “Taking People With You” Employee Leadership Training Program from Prestigious Learning and Development Organization Brandon Hall Group; Building People Capability Drives Culture and Business at World’s Largest Restaurant Company
August 3, 2012 Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak Receives “2012 CEO of the Year” Honor from Chief Executive Magazine
August 1, 2012 Christina Aguilera Uses Voice for Good in New Public Service Announcement for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief Effort This Fall
June 27, 2012 Chief Executive Magazine Names Yum! Brands’ Chairman and CEO David Novak 2012 CEO of the Year
April 30, 2012 Yum! Brands Inc. Promotes Carucci President and Grismer Chief Financial Officer
April 13, 2012 Tomorrow’s Leaders Find Solutions to Fight World Hunger Today by Leveraging Principles in Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak’s Bestselling Book: TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen
March 23, 2012 Yum! Brands Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.285 per Share
January 6, 2012 Little Sheep Shareholders Approve Privatization Proposal
January 3, 2012 Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak Shares Break-Through Leadership Strategies in New Book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen
December 05, 2011 Yum! Brands Announces Full-Year 2012 Expectations; Raises 2011 EPS Growth Forecast to at least 13%, Excluding Special Items; Will Host Investor Update Meeting Wednesday, December 7, 2011