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Brinker and KFC to get new Presidents

Wyman Roberts will retire as chief executive officer and president of Brinker International and as president of Chili’s Grill & Bar effective June 5, 2022. Kevin Hochman will replace Roberts effective June 6, 2022. Hochman currently serves as president of KFC U.S., which is owned by Yum! Brands. Dyke Shipp, a KFC Division president, will assume direct management responsibility of KFC U.S. until a new president of KFC U.S. is named.

Brinker KFC teamAs part of his retirement, Roberts will also step down from Brinker’s board of directors. He will, however, continue to serve the company in an advisory role for 12 months as part of Brinker’s succession plan, per a release. Roberts has served as Brinker’s CEO and president and as a member of its board of directors since January 2013. He joined the company in August 2005 and held various other executive roles, including president of Chili's, chief marketing officer of Brinker and president of Maggiano's Little Italy.

As part of his joining Brinker, Hochman will assume a role on the multiconcept operator’s board of directors. Hochman was appointed president and chief concept officer of KFC, U.S. in March 2017. He concurrently served as President of Pizza Hut, U.S. from December 2019 to January 2022, and previously served as chief marketing officer of KFC, U.S. from January 2014 to February 2017. Prior to that Hochman worked at Procter & Gamble for more than 18 years in various brand management and marketing roles.

Shipp has more than 30 years of experience with Yum! Brands and has led KFC’s development and people and culture strategies, per a company release. Earlier this year, Shipp was promoted to global KFC Division president. Prior to this, Shipp served as both chief people officer and chief development officer for KFC Global.