Yum! Brands, Inc. announced that Brian C. Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corporation, has been appointed by the Yum! Brands Board to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Cornell, 59, has served on the Yum! Brands Board since 2015. He will succeed Robert D. Walter, 72, who is retiring from his role as Yum! Brands Non-Executive Chairman.
“We sincerely thank Bob Walter for his strong leadership, invaluable insights and many significant contributions to Yum! Brands, particularly during this exciting and transformative time for our company as we’re becoming more focused, more franchised and more efficient,” says Greg Creed, chief executive officer, Yum! Brands. Walter, founder and retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Health, Inc., joined the Yum! Brands Board of Directors in 2006 and was appointed the Company’s Non-Executive Chairman in 2016. Walter will remain a member of the Yum! Brands Board.
“At the same time, I’m thrilled that Brian Cornell has agreed to become Non-Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands, ensuring a seamless transition of the Board’s leadership. Brian’s tremendous leadership of one of the world’s largest and most innovative retailers has brought a unique perspective and wealth of knowledge, consumer insights and best practices to Yum! Brands. I’m extremely confident that Brian will make an exceptional Non-Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands as we continue to leverage the collective power of our iconic KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands to help us deliver long-term sustainable growth and higher returns for our stakeholders,” Creed adds.
“I’m honored and pleased to serve in a greater leadership role for one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with category-leading brands,” Cornell says. “As customer preferences and purchase behaviors evolve, Target and Yum! Brands are already elevating and transforming our respective customer experiences with digital, retail and global consumer insights. I look forward to contributing to the next wave of growth for Yum! Brands.”
Cornell has more than 30 years of experience at leading retail and global consumer product companies. Prior to joining Target in August 2014, 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, Cornell served as President and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He also held the position of CEO at Michaels Stores, Inc., and prior to that, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Safeway. Cornell serves as Chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Catalyst, a global nonprofit organization focused on empowering and accelerating women in business, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.