At Yum! Brands, he will work in partnership with the restaurant division Chief Food Innovation Officers (CFIOs) and their teams to ensure food quality, safety and regulatory compliance for Yum’s worldwide operations.
In addition, he will lead the Yum! Brands Food Standards Council. The Council identifies global resources, internal and external, to review Yum’s Food Safety Standards, ensure compliance and shares best practices.
“Michael is a highly respected and accomplished food industry professional with 20 years of diverse management and technical experience,” said Greg Creed, Chief Operating Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc. “He brings tremendous leadership, strategic thinking and a proven track record of success to our organization. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of his caliber in this key role,” added Creed.
During his tenure at General Mills, Liewen served as Director, Quality and Regulatory Operations, Refrigerated Products and Foodservice from April 1997 until October 2001. Prior to that he held positions including Regional Manager, Quality and Regulator Operations, Gold Medal Division; Senior Quality Engineer, for Cereal and Dry Mix Operations and Start-Up Director and Manager of Microbiology and Nutrition Analysis. He is a recipient of the Chairman’s Award, General Mill’s highest honor for groundbreaking innovation and productivity.
Liewen is a Certified Quality Engineer from the American Society for Quality and received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin. He is active in professional organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Frozen Food Institute.
He will begin working at Yum! Brands on June 5, 2006.