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Pizza Hut promotes David Graves to president, US post

He succeeds David Hochman, who will return to operational leadership of sister brand, KFC, US

Pizza Hut promoted David Graves to president of Pizza Hut US, succeeding Kevin Hochman, interim president, effective January 1, 2022. He will report to Aaron Powell, Pizza Hut Division chief executive. As president of Pizza Hut US, Graves will pick up where Hochman left off, continuing to build profitable sales while driving franchise operations & support and the overall performance of the brand.

“David (Graves) has a well-deserved reputation for delivering results, repeatedly demonstrating his expertise in identifying solutions to business challenges that not only enhance the experience for customers, but also benefit restaurant economics, and I couldn’t be more pleased by his promotion,” said Powell. “The Pizza Hut US strategy is strong, and the leadership and talent of this team is extraordinary. I’m confident that we’ll continue to see positive growth of this iconic brand in the years ahead.”

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Hochman, who was serving as both interim president and chief concept officer, KFC US, will resume operational leadership of KFC US beginning January 1, 2022. He was brought on board to bolster the Pizza Hut US business and propel innovation while leading the brand.

During the tenure of Graves and Hochman, “Pizza Hut US has delivered product innovation, sustained sales improvement and continued to invest in its off-premise channel in response to shifting consumer demand,” said the pizza chain in an announcement.

“Kevin (Hochman) has delivered in a really meaningful and significant way, and I can’t thank him enough for his commitment and collaboration over the last two years leading two of our iconic brands in the US,” said David Gibbs, chief executive of Yum Brands. “We’re really pleased with Pizza Hut’s continued brand revitalization and transformation to a modern off-premise business in the US. I have all the confidence in David Graves—who has done an amazing job reinvigorating Pizza Hut’s innovation pipeline and bringing the brand forward to consumers in a way that’s really resonating—and believes Pizza Hut has an incredibly bright future.”

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