SHANGHAI, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Yum China Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: YUMC) today announced the appointment of Mr. William Wang and Ms. Joey Wat to the Board of the Directors, effective immediately. The appointment will increase the size of the Board of Directors to 12 members, 9 of whom are independent.
"It is my pleasure to welcome William Wang and Joey Wat to our Board of Directors," said Yum China Non-executive Chairman Dr. Fred Hu. "William will bring to our Board deep knowledge and investment insights of the Chinese market. Joey, a talented Yum China executive, will add operation perspectives to our Board. I am confident that their participation will further benefit Yum China's business and shareholders."
Micky Pant, CEO of Yum China commented, "The addition of Joey and William to the Yum China Board will be another great step forward to become one of the world's leading restaurant companies. They are unique business talents in China who can provide deep insights about the Chinese market across a variety of sectors and both have an excellent forward looking strategic perspective as well."
William is one of the founding partners of Primavera Capital Group ("Primavera"). Prior to Primavera, William served as a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking/Principal Investment Area ("GS"), where he led significant successful investments in China for the group. Prior to GS, William worked in Investment Banking Division and Private Equity Group of China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC). William currently serves as a director on the Board of Geely Automobile Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong listed company, in addition to the directorships at Primavera's portfolio companies.
Joey Wat has served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Yum China since February 2017. She served as Chief Executive Officer, KFC from October 2016 to February 2017, a position she held at Yum! Restaurants China from August 2015 to October 2016. Ms. Wat joined Yum! Restaurants China in September 2014 as President of KFC China and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer for KFC China in August 2015. Before joining YUM, Ms. Wat served in both management and strategy positions at AS Watson of Hutchison Group ("Watson"), an international health, beauty and lifestyle retailer, in the U.K. from 2004 to 2014. Her last position at Watson was Managing Director of Watson U.K., which operates Superdrug and Savers, two retail chains specializing in the sale of pharmacy and health and beauty products, from 2012 to 2014. She made the transition from Head of Strategy of Watson in Europe to Managing Director of Savers in 2007. Before joining Watson, Ms. Wat spent seven years in management consulting including with McKinsey & Company's Hong Kong office from 2000 to 2003.
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About Yum China Holdings, Inc.
Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC, China's leading quick-service restaurant brand, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, which opened its first restaurant in China at the end of 2016. Yum China also owns the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright. Yum China is well positioned for growth thanks to its strong competitive position, integration of its brands into Chinese popular culture and consumers' daily lives, expanding geographic footprint in China and existing operational expertise. It has a strong capital position, no external debt and expects to continue growing its system sales and profit by adding new restaurants and through growing same-store sales. Yum China had more than 7,600 restaurants and more than 420,000 employees in over 1,100 cities at the end of May 2017. A new generation of younger consumers who are digitally sophisticated and brand driven are fueling growth in consumption in China. The ongoing growth of the middle class and urban population in China is expected to create the world's largest market for restaurant brands, with Yum China poised to be the market leader.