Vipul Chawla has been promoted to president of Pizza Hut International, reporting to Yum! Brands Chief Executive Officer Greg Creed, effective December 3.
He's currently Managing Director of Pizza Hut Asia-Pacific. Chawla will assume responsibility for driving the brand strategy and performance of Pizza Hut’s international business.
Pizza Hut has more than $12 billion in global system sales and nearly 17,000 restaurants in over 100 countries and territories as of year-end 2017. General managers of Pizza Hut around the world (excluding the U.S.) as well as leaders of Pizza Hut International’s global Chawla will succeed Milind Pant, who has served as Pizza Hut International President for the past three years and has made the personal decision to step down from his role at the end of November to pursue other opportunities.
Chawla is an international restaurant and retail industry veteran who has been with the company for more than seven years. As Managing Director of Pizza Hut Asia-Pacific, Chawla has led Pizza Hut’s largest business outside the U.S. in terms of units, spanning nearly 5,000 franchise restaurants across 16 markets. He previously served as General Manager of Pizza Hut Asia as well as Chief Marketing Officer of KFC Asia where he elevated KFC’s brand positioning and accelerated its growth across the region. Chawla joined Yum! in 2011 after spending 20 years with Unilever serving in various leadership position.