Mr. Huang previously served as Chief Information and Marketing Support Officer. In his new role, Mr. Huang will be the new leader for the KFC brand and report to Ms. Wat.
“I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Joey Wat as our President and Chief Operating Officer,” said Micky Pant, CEO of Yum China. “Joey is an extraordinarily talented executive with a strong track record of accomplishing excellent business results at our KFC brand. The Yum China board is confident that, with Joey’s strong leadership, the KFC brand will continue to expand in China and generate impactful same store sales growth and that the Pizza Hut business, in both Casual Dining and Delivery segments, will benefit from her strategic oversight.”
“I am also pleased that Johnson Huang will become the General Manager for KFC in China. Johnson has held a variety of roles within Yum China over the past decade and has been instrumental in implementing our digital customer engagement strategy helping us to reach the new, younger generation of Chinese consumers. With his deep knowledge of information technology, experience with the Yum China business and consumer insight, he brings a unique perspective to strengthen the iconic KFC brand,” continued Mr. Pant.
Ms. Wat joined Yum! Restaurants China in September 2014 as President of KFC China and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of KFC China in August 2015. She led the operating and marketing functions for the KFC division, had general management responsibility and was responsible for growing KFC within China. Prior to Yum, she worked at McKinsey, and later headed Watsons, UK including the Superdrug and Savers retail chains. Born in Fujian, China, Ms. Wat attended the University of Hong Kong and earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Mr. Huang joined Yum! Brands, Inc. in 2006 to lead the information technology department in China and was appointed Chief Information Officer in 2013. He started overseeing shared marketing services in 2014 and became Chief Information and Marketing Support Officer of Yum China in October 2016. He has been the architect of Yum China’s digital strategy and information technology roadmap. Prior to Yum, Mr. Huang held various business leadership and Information Technology positions with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group in the greater China region and Evergreen Group in the UK. He holds an MBA from University of Tennessee and a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Management from Taiwan University of Science and Technology.