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James Fripp, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc.

James Fripp

Chief Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc.

James Fripp is the Chief Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Officer of Yum! Brands. In this role, Fripp, in partnership with executives across Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill, has global responsibility for advancing equity, inclusion and belonging strategies and practices across the company’s brands, workplaces and franchise system. Building on Yum! Brands’ years of progress on its equity, inclusion and belonging evolution, Fripp is focused on increasing representation of underrepresented communities among company leadership, franchisees and suppliers and continuing the rollout of inclusive leadership experiences across the company and franchise system. Since 2011, Fripp has led equity, inclusion and belonging efforts, where he elevated Yum! Brands’ public commitments and partnerships including the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, OneTen and We Are All Human’s The Hispanic Promise. In addition, he activated the Company’s Business Employee Resource Groups and led experiences for thousands of brand and franchise leaders around the world on topics such as inclusive leadership and authentic relationships that lead to trust. Fripp is a member of the Clemson University Corporate CDO Advisory Board and member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance. He is also a member of University of North Carolina Corporate Advisory Board on Diversity & Inclusion and serves as a Penn State School of Hospitality Management Walter J. Conti visiting professor and Chair of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation Board. He holds a Degree in Business Management and is a certified Inclusive Leadership facilitator and Hogan Leadership Assessment Coach.

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