Yum! Brands names ex-Walmart CIO as its new Chief Digital and Technology Officer

Post joining, Johnson will oversee Yum! Brands’ global technology strategy, working with its three brands to improve mobile, online, delivery and restaurant operations.
  • Vaishnavi Gupta News Editor
Yum! Brands

Yum! Brands, the owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, has announced former Walmart Executive Clay Johnson as its new Chief Digital and Technology Officer. The company has also promoted Gavin Felder to its Chief Strategy Officer.

 

The newly created positions will be working with the group’s chains to elevate the customer experience and accelerate global growth.

 

Clay Johnson was enterprise Chief Information Officer for retail giant Walmart.

 

Post joining, Johnson will oversee Yum! Brands’ global technology strategy, working with its three brands to improve mobile, online, delivery and restaurant operations.

 

Yum! said, “He would lead a coordinated, cross-brand effort to accelerate the company’s digital commerce strategy, use of data and advanced analytics and emerging technologies.”

 

Meanwhile, Gavin Felder was promoted from KFC, where he had been the division’s Chief Financial Officer for the past five years. Felder will be responsible to develop Yum’s long-term corporate strategies, working with the chains to find new sources of growth.

 

David Gibbs, President of Yum! Brands, stated, “We believe Clay Johnson and Gavin Felder are the ideal executives to accelerate Yum Brands’ growth through technology-centric strategies that advance the customer experience and ultimately deliver better economics and more value for our franchisees and shareholders.”

 

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