Yum! Brands names chief digital and technology officer

Yum! Brands names chief digital and technology officer

LOUISVILLE, KY. — Yum! Brands, Inc. has promoted Joe Park to chief digital and technology officer. Park succeeds Clay Johnson, who will assume the role of Yum! Brands senior adviser.

In his new role, Park will join the company’s global leadership team and oversee the company’s global technology strategy. He will partner with KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and the Habit Burger Grill divisions to elevate the company’s digital experience for customers and restaurant team members and strong economics for franchisees, the company said.

Park most recently was the company’s chief digital and technology officer for Pizza Hut Global. He joined the company in 2020 as its first chief innovation officer and has held the position of chief digital and technology officer for Pizza Hut Global since 2021.

Prior to joining Yum! Brands Park was vice president, associate digital experience and enterprise architecture at Walmart. He previously was vice president, unit CIO digital productivity for GE.

He received his bachelor of science in information technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his master of business administration from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

“We’re ingraining digital and technology into all aspects of our business with exciting new capabilities that make things easy for customers and restaurant team members, while driving profitable growth for Yum! and our franchisees,” said Chris Turner, chief financial officer of Yum! Brands. “We’ve made great progress enhancing digital ordering, implementing technologies to improve restaurant operations, leveraging data to enable smart decision-making and piloting emerging technologies, and Joe Park has been an exceptional partner on this journey over the past few years. Joe is an energizing and visionary leader with a proven track record of rapidly deploying modern e-commerce and data platforms and scaling innovative technologies like Dragontail and HutBot across Pizza Hut’s global system. I’m confident that Joe will help Yum! continue to strengthen our technology ecosystem and scale our digital solutions at a rapid pace to deliver leading-edge capabilities to our franchisees with advantaged economics.”

Yum! Brands aims to own differentiated technology platforms that are tailored for each brand and market to enable easy experiences for customers, easy operations for restaurant teams and easy insights to drive growth, the company said.