David Gibbs is president and chief financial officer of Yum! Brands, one of the world's largest restaurant companies, with more than 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories. With 1.5 million associates, its restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day, making it a leader in global retail development.
The year 2016 was a landmark year for Yum! Brands as it successfully completed the separation of Yum China as an independent and powerful growth company. In addition, Yum! Brands launched a new multiyear strategic transformation plan to become a more focused, more franchised and more efficient company in order to strengthen and grow its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands around the world, creating significant long-term value for all its stakeholders.
Gibbs became president and chief financial officer of Yum! Brands on May 2, 2016, and reports to the Yum! Brands CEO. In this role, he leads business and financial strategies for the company to deliver profitable growth and long-term shareholder value, and sets direction for the finance, operations, supply chain and information technology functions. A long-time Yum! Brands veteran, Gibbs has broad and deep experience in finance, global strategy and brand building.
Previously, he was CEO of the global Pizza Hut division, the world's largest pizza restaurant company with more than 16,500 restaurants in more than 100 countries outside China. Prior to Pizza Hut, he was President and CFO of Yum! Restaurants International, where he led the finance, information technology, supply chain and development functions for the Yum! restaurants international division, had general management responsibility for several international markets and was responsible for growing KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell outside the U.S. and China. He has a strong track record as a CFO and in senior leadership roles in asset development, real estate, supply chain and information technology.
Before joining Yum! Brands, Gibbs worked for Salomon Brothers in New York City. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he earned a B.S. in Mathematical Science, and he holds an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.