Brown-Forman Corporation owners of Jack Daniel Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Old Forester Distillery and many other spirits brands has announced that Tracy Skeans has been elected to the company’s Board of Directors.
Skeans is Chief Transformation and People Officer of Yum! Brands, Inc., one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with more than 45,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories. She leads Yum! Brands’ global business transformation and people capability strategies around the world.
The company says Skeans has a strong track record of business leadership at Yum! Brands. Prior to assuming her current position, Skeans was President of Pizza Hut International, which at the time, was a business with more than 5,900 restaurants across more than 85 countries. Before that, Skeans served as Chief People Officer of Pizza Hut Global.
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“Tracy brings a wealth of multi-functional global business experience to the Brown-Forman board,” said Brown-Forman Board Chairman Geo. Garvin Brown IV. “We’re delighted to welcome her to the board and believe she will provide significant contributions as we continue to grow around the world.”
Skeans spent her early career in roles including strategic planning, asset development and finance at Pizza Hut. Skeans is a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the premier leadership development organization to advance women in the foodservice industry.
The election of Skeans increases the number of directors on Brown-Forman’s Board to 14. Brown-Forman and Yum! Brands both have their world headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.