LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced that it has cast Allyson Park as Yum! Brands Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, effective August 15, 2022. An accomplished corporate affairs leader with more than 25 years of strategic communications and government relations experience, Park will oversee all aspects of communications, public policy and corporate relations. governmental, corporate social relations of the company. Responsibility and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) teams. Park will join the company’s global leadership team and report to Yum! Tracy Skeans, Chief Operating Officer of Brands and Chief Human Resources Officer.
“Allyson’s proven track record serving some of the world’s most recognizable brands makes her an ideal candidate for the role of Yum! Brands Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, and she brings extensive expertise on business-critical functions,” Skeans said. “The global leadership team and I are excited to work closely with Allyson as a strategic thinking partner as we continue to advance our recipe for growth and good strategies and elevate our culture of the people.
Park joins Yum! with extensive experience in all aspects of communications and public affairs. Most recently, she worked for Mars, Incorporated as Global Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Mars Wrigley. In this role, she oversaw corporate goal initiatives; internal and external communication; ESG; public policy and government affairs; the Mars Wrigley Foundation; and consumer care in 180 countries for brands such as M&Ms®, Snickers®, Skittles®, Dove® and EXTRA®, among others. She also led corporate affairs, sustainability, and global health and wellness for Mars Chocolate, and led corporate affairs for Mars Petcare North America. Before March, Park held five positions at The Coca-Cola Company, including global vice president of external affairs. She began her career in agencies at Hunter PR and Jackson Spalding. A committed grower, Park is dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. At Mars, Park served as the executive sponsor of business resource groups focused on supporting women and people of color.
“The iconic brands, management team and reputation of Yum! emphasizing culture and embracing the value of people in its business strategy are just a few of the reasons I have long admired the company,” Park said. “Yum! and its brands continue to demonstrate the resilience of their business model and their ability to drive global growth in a dynamic environment, and I am delighted to lead the general affairs of an industry powerhouse with unparalleled scale, world-class franchise partners and an unparalleled workforce of over one million restaurant employees and team members.
A committed advocate for community engagement, Park is currently an advocate for OnBoard, whose mission is to increase the number of women in leadership and on boards; as an advisor to Globowl, an internationally influential organic baby food company; and as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and Leadership Greater Chicago, where she was selected as one of the Daniel Burnham Inaugural Fellows. She has served nearly a dozen organizations as a board member, most recently including World Business Chicago, Junior Achievement of Chicago and as a member of the executive committee of the World Federation of Advertisers.
Park holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and is currently an assistant professor in the university’s public relations department.
About Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, and its subsidiaries franchise or 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 Habit Burger Grill. The Company’s KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands are global leaders in the chicken, Mexican-style meals and pizza categories, respectively. Habit Burger Grill is a fast casual restaurant concept specializing in burgers, sandwiches and more. Yum! Brands was named to the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability Index in North America and was ranked on Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies in 2021. In 2022, Yum! Brands was named one of 3BL Media’s Top 100 Corporate Citizens.