Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., announced a series of leadership changes aimed to support domestic and international expansion.
Melissa Lora was promoted to president, Taco Bell International from global chief financial and development officer. In her new role Lora will focus exclusively on emerging growth business outside the U.S. Taco Bell International currently franchises 250 restaurants in 26 countries, and will continue to seek experienced franchise operators in markets around the globe, with an emphasis in Europe (UK, Poland), Asia (Korea, Japan and Thailand), Latin America (Chile, Peru) and India.
Assuming Lora's duties as global chief financial and development officer will be a pair of Taco Bell executives. Liz Williams, who drives strategic and business planning as Taco Bell's chief financial officer, will also assume primary responsibility for franchising actions domestically, including franchise finance and franchise business services.
Meredith Sandland was promoted to chief development officer, where she will focus on creating a more relevant and accessible restaurant experience that has a positive impact on Taco Bell's teams, customers, community and environment, according to a company release.