Yum China appoints two key executives

Yum China Holdings, Inc. has appointed Joey Wat as president and chief operating officer of Yum China, reporting to CEO, Micky Pant, and Johnson Huang as general manager of the company's KFC business, reporting to Wat.

In addition to overseeing the KFC brand, Wat will expand her responsibility to oversee the company's Pizza Hut Casual Dining and Pizza Hut Home Service brands, while Huang will be the new leader for the KFC brand.

The company also said it has plans to add about 600 stores in the country annually.

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.

Huang joined the company 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.

"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," said Pant.

"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 Pant.