General Session Speaker

David Gibbs

President and Chief Operating Officer and the incoming Chief Executive Officer
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Yum! Brands

David Gibbs is President and Chief Operating Officer and the incoming Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Brands and became a Director of the Board in November 2019. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Gibbs has global operating leadership of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell divisions, with the respective leaders reporting to him. Effective January 1, 2020, Gibbs will become Yum! Brands Chief Executive Officer, succeeding current CEO Greg Creed who announced his decision to retire at the end of 2019. Since joining the Company in 1989, Gibbs has held a variety of leadership roles in all three of Yum!’s brands, including global strategy, finance, general management, operations and real estate. Previously, Gibbs served as Yum! Brands President and Chief Financial Officer from 2016 to 2019 and was the chief architect of Yum! Brands’ financial, refranchising and restaurant development strategy to transform the company into a capital-light, pure-play franchisor. He also played a lead role in the 2016 spinoff of Yum China Holdings, Inc. Prior to this, Gibbs was CEO of the global Pizza Hut Division, and President and CFO of Yum! Restaurants International, responsible for growing KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell outside the U.S. and China, along with having general management responsibility for several international markets. Gibbs also served as Yum! Chief Strategy Officer during which time he revamped Yum! Brands’ global restaurant operations model, as Pizza Hut U.S. CFO and in various real estate and restaurant development leadership roles in KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. He holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BS in Mathematical Science from Johns Hopkins University. Since March 2016, Gibbs has served as an independent director on the board of Sally Beauty Holdings, where he also serves on the Audit Committee.