Yum Brands has named Allyson Park to the role of chief corporate affairs officer effective Aug. 15. Park will have oversight of all aspects of the company’s communications, public policy and government relations, corporate social responsibility and environmental, social and governance (ESG) teams. She reports to Yum Brands Chief Operating Officer and Chief People Officer Tracy Skeans.
“Allyson’s proven record serving some of the world’s most recognizable brands makes her an ideal fit for the role of Yum! Brands Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, and she brings a wealth of expertise about business-critical functions,” Skeans said in the release. “The Global Leadership Team and I are excited to work closely with Allyson as a strategic thought partner as we continue to advance our Recipe for Growth and Good strategies and elevate our people-first culture.”
Most recently, Park worked for Mars Inc. as global vice president, corporate affairs for Mars Wrigley, where she oversaw the company’s purpose initiatives; internal and external communications; ESG; public policy and government affairs; the Mars Wrigley Foundation; and consumer care across 180 countries for brands including M&Ms, Snickers, Skittles, Dove, and Extra, among others.
“Yum’s iconic brands, leadership team and reputation for emphasizing culture and embracing the value of people in its business strategy are just a few reasons why I’ve long admired the company,” Park said in the press release. “Yum and its brands continue to demonstrate the resiliency of their business model and ability to drive global growth in a dynamic environment, and I am excited to lead corporate affairs for an industry powerhouse with unmatched scale, world-class franchise partners and an unrivaled workforce of more than 1 million employees and restaurant team members.”
Yum! Brands Inc. and its franchisees operate a system of more than 53,000 restaurants in 155 countries and territories under the company’s concepts — KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and the Habit Burger Grill.