LOUISVILLE, Ky.--July 24, 2003--Yum! Brands today announced the appointment of Dr. Al Baroudi, 55, to Chief Scientific, Health & Regulatory Affairs Officer, a newly created role dually reporting to Joaquin Pelaez, Yum! Brands Senior Vice President of Product Excellence, and Brian Riendeau, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.
Baroudi has over thirty years of domestic and international experience in agriculture and manufacturing, working with consumer products companies, the retail food industry, governmental agencies and professional institutions. His experience spans research and development, food safety, quality assurance and microbiology.
Baroudi also founded the Food Safety Institute, International and served as President and Chief Quality Officer where he directed food research and development as well as quality assurance programs for corporations and government agencies. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Corporate Quality Assurance and Environmental Affairs for The Vons Companies, Inc., and for 15 years at Borden, Inc. in a variety of plant management, food safety and research and development capacities.
In his new role, Baroudi will oversee the strategic development and implementation of programs for scientific and regulatory trade for all of Yum! Brands worldwide. He will be a great resource for A&W All-American Food, KFC, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands. He will also support the implementation of health and nutrition programs around the globe, and the company's animal welfare initiatives.
"Dr. Baroudi is a respected leader in his field and brings a wealth of scientific and regulatory experience to this new position," said Pelaez. "He will play a critical role in leading the company's strategic regulatory issues including implementation of health and nutrition programs around the globe," said Pelaez.
Baroudi holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Food Science and Processing, Technology, Microbiology and Agricultural Eningeering. Baroudi will be located in Louisville, Ky.
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system units with more than 33,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and territories. Four of the company's restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza, Mexican-style food and quick-service seafood categories respectively. Since 1919, A&W All-American Food has been serving a signature frosty mug root beer float and all-American pure-beef hamburgers and hot dogs, making it the longest running quick-service franchise chain in America. Yum! Brands is the worldwide leader in multibranding, which offers consumers more choice and convenience at one restaurant location from a combination of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, A&W All-American Food or Long John Silver's brands. The company and its franchisees today operate over 2,000 multibrand restaurants, generating over $2 billion in annual system sales. Outside the United States, the company opens about three new restaurants each day, 365 days a year, making it one of the fastest growing retailers in the world. In 2002, the company changed its name to Yum! Brands, Inc., from Tricon Global Restaurants to reflect its expanding portfolio of brands and its ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange.