David Novak is Founder and CEO of oGoLead, a digital leadership development platform he created to help people become better leaders by teaching vital HeartwiringTM and HardwiringTM skills. He is Co-Founder, retired Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM), one of the world's largest restaurant companies with over 45,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories.
Novak's passion is to make the world a better place by developing leaders at all ages through oGoLead, his family's Lift-a-Life Foundation, Lead2Feed, Global Game Changers and The Novak Leadership Institute at the University of Missouri.
A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is a bestselling leadership book author. His highly respected, critically acclaimed books include The New York Times bestseller, Taking People With You, The Education of an Accidental CEO and O GREAT ONE! A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition.
Yum! Brands restaurants - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories with 1.5 million company employees and franchise associates worldwide. Outside the United States, Yum! opened over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.
During his tenure as CEO, Yum! Brands doubled in size to 41,000 restaurants and established itself as a global powerhouse, going from approximately 20 percent of its profits coming from outside the United States in 1997 to nearly 70 percent in 2016, while remaining an industry leader in return on invested capital. In so doing, Yum! Brands' compound annual shareholder return has been 16 percent and market capitalization has grown to nearly $32 billion from just over $4 billion. Novak was also the architect of spinning off Yum! China as an independent public company as its largest licensee. He retired in 2016.
Prior to leading Yum! Brands, Novak was President at both KFC and Pizza Hut, and held senior management positions at Pepsi-Cola Company.
Recognition includes: "2012 CEO of the Year" Chief Executive Magazine, one of the world's "30 Best CEOs" Barron's, one of the "Top People in Business" FORTUNE, one of the "100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World" Harvard Business Review, UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief, Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, Horatio Alger Award for commitment to philanthropy and higher education and lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.