Yum! Senior Officers
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David C. Novak
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.
David C. Novak became Chairman of the Board on January 1, 2001, and Chief Executive Officer of Yum! on January 1, 2000. He was also President of Yum! from October 1997 to May 2012. David previously served as Group President and Chief Executive Officer, KFC and Pizza Hut from August 1996 to July 1997, at which time he became acting Vice Chairman of Yum!. He also held senior management positions at Pepsi-Cola Company, including Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Novak shapes the Company’s overall strategic direction, including three key strategies: 1) build powerful brands through superior marketing, breakthrough innovation and compelling value with a foundation built on winning food and world class operations; 2) drive aggressive unit expansion everywhere, especially in emerging markets, and build leading brands in every significant category in China and India; and 3) create industry-leading returns through franchising and disciplined use of capital and maximize long-term shareholder value. Additionally, he devotes much of his time each year to personally teach leadership skills to the Company’s management and franchisees, emphasizing teamwork and a belief in people that rewards and recognizes customer-focused behavior.
Reporting to him are the division Chief Executive Officers of Yum! Restaurants China, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, the President of Yum! Restaurants India and senior corporate officers. Novak is on the board of directors of the Yum! Brands Foundation and 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. Novak is the 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.
Vice Chairman, Yum! Brands, Inc.
Chairman and CEO, Yum! Restaurants China
Jing-Shyh "Sam" Su became Chairman and CEO of Yum! Restaurants China in May 2010, maintaining his position as Vice Chairman of the Board at Yum! Brands, reporting directly to the Company’s Chairman and CEO. Su had previously served as President of the China Division since 1997. Yum! Brands is focused on building leading brands in China in every significant category. Yum! is the leading retail developer in China with over 6,200 restaurants in more than 900 cities. KFC is the number one foreign brand in China with nearly 4,500 restaurants in more than 900 cities. Pizza Hut is the number one Western casual dining brand in China with approximately 1,000 restaurants in nearly 250 cities and approximately 200 Pizza Hut Home Service units by year-end 2013. Yum! China created and is testing East Dawning, a quick-service restaurant concept with nearly 30 stores serving Chinese food to Chinese consumers. In addition, the Company acquired Little Sheep in 2012, the leading hot-pot brand in Chinese casual dining with more than 400 restaurants. Yum! expects to open at least 700 new units in China in 2013.
Chief Executive Officer, Pizza Hut
Chief Innovation Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.
Scott Bergren became CEO of the Pizza Hut division on January 1, 2014, and reports directly to Yum! Brands’ Chairman and CEO. In his new role, Bergren 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. Additionally, he maintains his position as Chief Innovation Officer for Yum! Brands. Reporting to Bergren are the leaders of the Pizza Hut operations, human resources, marketing and food innovation, development, finance, technology, legal functions and the president of Pizza Hut U.S. Bergren has held a variety of roles since joining Yum! Brands in 2002 including most recently CEO of Pizza Hut U.S., Executive Vice President of Marketing for KFC and Yum! Brands, and Chief Concept Officer of Yum! Restaurants International. Earlier in his career, he built and operated Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Mexico and Central America working for Tricon's International Division.
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 Chairman and CEO and serves on the Company’s Compliance Oversight Committee, leads its Nutrition Policy Committee, and co-leads its Food Safety Committee and Quality Assurance Task Force 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.
Chief People Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.
Anne Byerlein is Chief People Officer for Yum! Brands Inc. and reports to the Chairman and CEO. She is responsible for global Human Resources, which include field and Restaurant Support Center recruiting, staffing, compensation, benefits, people development and training. Also falling under her umbrella are employee relations, diversity and inclusion, safety, security, facilities and aviation for all Yum! divisions. Prior to assuming her current role in late 2002, Byerlein was Chief People Officer for KFC and Vice President of Human Resources for Yum!, roles she held concurrent with one another. Previously, she was Vice President of Corporate Human Resources for PepsiCo, a position she held prior to the creation of Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc., (later changed to Yum! Brands, Inc.) in 1997.
Christian L. Campbell
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Franchise Policy Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.
Chris Campbell is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Franchise Policy Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc. and reports to the Chairman and CEO. In this role, Campbell oversees all legal activities of the company and he is responsible for the oversight of the company's purchasing as a Director of the Company's purchasing cooperative with its franchisees, and for the administration and coordination of franchise policies. Campbell joined Yum! Brands, Inc. from Owens Corning, where he held the titles Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in economics from Northwestern University (1972), and a law degree from Harvard Law School (1975). In addition, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1992. He also serves on numerous professional boards.
Yum! Restaurants India
Niren Chaudhary is the President of Yum! Restaurants India and reports directly to Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO. Chaudhary was named President of Yum! Restaurants India in December 2011. Under Chaudhary’s supervision each of the brands has seen tremendous growth. KFC is the fastest growing quick service restaurant chain in India and has been voted as one of Top 5 "Most Trusted Food Service Brands" and "Most Admired Food Service Retailer". Pizza Hut has been voted "Most Trusted Food Service Brand in India" for the seventh year and is the only restaurant company to be placed in the Top 20 Service Brands list by The Economic Times of India. Chaudhary was also instrumental in bringing Taco Bell to India. He has more than two decades of experience of which he has spent over a decade working at Yum! Brands in various positions. 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.
Chief Executive Officer
Greg Creed was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bell in early 2011 after serving as President and Chief Concept Officer for Taco Bell Corp, the nation's leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain that serves more than 36 million customers each week in over 6,000 restaurants in the U.S. Creed reports to Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO. As head of Taco Bell, he is responsible for driving overall brand strategy and performance of the business in the U.S. and internationally. He has more than 30 years of extensive experience in marketing and operations with leading packaged goods and restaurant brands. Creed 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. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, Taco Bell is re-energized by the launch of the Live Más brand campaign; the reinvention of the taco with the revolutionary Doritos Locos Taco; and the introduction of the game-changing Cantina Bell Menu—delivering vibrant new flavors and high-quality ingredients.
Chief Operations Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc.
Roger Eaton became President of the KFC division on January 1, 2014, while continuing to serve as Chief Operations Officer of Yum!, a position he has held since late 2011. In his new role, Eaton oversees KFC’s business in the Middle East, Thailand, Asia FBU (Franchise Business Unit), Latin America and Caribbean and Canada. He dually reports to Yum! Brands’ Chairman and CEO and KFC’s CEO. Eaton has also served as Chief Executive Officer of KFC U.S. after serving as President of KFC Corporation. He is an international restaurant industry veteran and has been with Yum! Brands for 20 years. Prior to his roles at KFC U.S., Eaton was Chief Operating and Development Officer for Yum! Brands. He has also served as 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. Under his leadership, SOPAC had 27 consecutive quarters of profitable same store sales growth, as well as consistent above target new restaurant builds.
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 12 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.
Pat Grismer was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Yum! Brands in May 2012 after serving as Chief Planning & Control Officer. He reports to the Chairman and CEO. Previously, he served in a series of domestic and international finance positions, including CFO at Yum! Restaurants International (YRI), Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations, Chief Financial Officer of Pizza Hut (UK), Vice President of Planning at YRI, and Senior Director of Finance at Taco Bell. Prior to joining Yum! Brands, Grismer spent ten years at The Walt Disney Company in a series of finance executive positions and was also a senior consultant at Price Waterhouse. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and CPA certification in the State of California.
Chief Executive Officer
Micky Pant became CEO of the KFC division on January 1, 2014, and reports directly to Yum! Brands’ Chairman and CEO. In his new role, Pant brings his global knowledge and strategic expertise to KFC, one of the fastest growing retail brands in the world with nearly 14,000 restaurants around the world, excluding the China and India divisions. Reporting to Pant are the leaders of the KFC operations, human resources, marketing, development, finance, technology, legal functions, the president of the KFC division and general manager of KFC U.S. In his years with Yum!, Pant has held a number of leadership positions including CEO of 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.
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller
Yum! Brands, Inc.
David Russell was appointed Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller of Yum! Brands, Inc. in 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 11 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.