Yum! Brands, Inc. announces nine new directors of Yum China Holdings, Inc.

LOUISVILLE, KY and SHANGHAI, 2016-Sep-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today ( September 15, 2016) announced the expected composition of the Board of Directors of Yum China Holdings, Inc. (“Yum China”).

The nine new directors announced today, seven of whom are independent, are expected to serve on the Yum China Board of Directors following the completion of Yum China’s spin-off from Yum! Brands, which is expected to occur after the close of business on October 31, 2016.

As previously announced, Dr. Fred Hu, chairman and founder of Primavera Capital Group, a China-based global investment firm that will make a strategic investment in Yum China, will serve as non-executive chairman of the Yum China Board once the distribution and the Primavera investment are complete. In addition to Dr. Hu, the Board will include:

  • Micky Pant, chief executive officer of Yum China.
  • Peter A. Bassi, former chairman and president of Yum! Restaurants International and current lead director for BJ’s Restaurant and Potbelly Sandwich Works.
  • Christian L. Campbell, owner of Christian L. Campbell Consulting LLC and former senior vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief franchise policy officer of Yum! Brands.
  • Ed Chan Yiu-Cheong, vice chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group Company Limited.
  • Edouard Ettedgui, non-executive chairman of Alliance Française, Hong Kong and non-executive director of Mandarin Oriental International Limited.
  • Louis T. Hsieh, director and senior advisor to the chief executive officer, and former chief financial officer and president of New Oriental Education & Technology Group.
  • Jonathan S. Linen, director for Yum! Brands and Modern Bank N.A., former adviser to the chairman of American Express Company and former vice chairman of American Express Company.
  • Zili Shao, co-chairman of King & Wood Mallesons – China.

Yum China also expects to name one additional independent board member in connection with the spin-off.

“I am honored to lead the Yum China Board alongside such experienced and talented individuals,” said Dr. Hu. “My fellow directors bring proven track records of success in the food, service, finance, legal and other industries in China. We all also understand this market well, and I look forward to working collaboratively to build a strong business and create sustained value for Yum China shareholders.”

Mr. Pant said, “I am confident that this Board has the right mix of experience and knowledge of our industry and the evolving consumer trends in China to drive future success for Yum China. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with my highly-qualified colleagues on the Board as we execute on our strategic plans to drive growth across our brands.”

Greg Creed, chief executive officer of Yum! Brands, said, “We’re pleased to have announced the composition of the Yum China Board of Directors as we near the completion of the separation. We are confident that these business leaders will offer the market insights and strategic vision required to enable Yum China to reach its full potential.”

About the Yum China Board of Directors

Peter A. Bassi served as chairman of Yum! Restaurants International from 2003 to 2005 and its president from 1997 to 2003. Prior to that position, Mr. Bassi spent 25 years in a wide range of financial and general management positions at PepsiCo, Inc., Pepsi-Cola International, Pizza Hut (U.S. and International), Frito-Lay and Taco Bell. Mr. Bassi currently serves as lead director and chair of the nominating and governance committee for each of BJ’s Restaurant and Potbelly Sandwich Works. He has been a member of each board of directors since 2004 and 2009, respectively. In addition, Mr. Bassi serves on the Value Optimization Board for the private equity firm Mekong Capital, based in Vietnam. Mr. Bassi served on the board of The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack from 2002 to 2009, and served on the board of Amrest Holdings (Poland) from 2012 to 2015.

Christian L. Campbell is currently owner of Christian L. Campbell Consulting LLC, specializing in global corporate governance and compliance. Mr. Campbell previously served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Yum! Brands from its formation in 1997 until his retirement in February 2016. In 2001, Mr. Campbell’s role was expanded to include chief franchise policy officer. In these positions, Mr. Campbell oversaw all legal matters at Yum! Brands and was responsible for the oversight of Yum! Brands purchasing as a director of YUM’s purchasing cooperative with its franchisees. Prior to joining Yum! Brands, Mr. Campbell was a senior vice president and general counsel at Owens Corning, a leading global producer of fiberglass insulation and composite building materials. Prior to Owens Corning, he was vice president and general counsel for Nalco Chemical Company. In addition, Mr. Campbell was a founding director of Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. (“RSCS”), a purchasing cooperative for Yum! Brands’ U.S. franchising partners, and he served on RSCS’s Board of Directors from its formation in 2001 until 2015.

Ed Chan Yiu-Cheong is currently a vice chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group Company Limited and has been an executive director and vice chairman of CP Lotus Corporation since April 2012. Mr. Chan was regional director of North Asia of the Dairy Farm Group and a director of Dairy Farm Management Services Limited from November 2001 to November 2006. Mr. Chan was the president and chief executive officer of Walmart China from November 2006 to October 2011. Mr. Chan is also a non-executive director of Treasury Wine Estates Limited, a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and an independent non-executive director of Link Real Estate Investment Trust, which is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

Edouard Ettedgui currently serves as the non-executive chairman of Alliance Française, Hong Kong. Mr. Ettedgui also currently serves as a non-executive director of Mandarin Oriental International Limited, the company for which he was the group chief executive from 1998 to 2016. Prior to his time at Mandarin Oriental International, Mr. Ettedgui was the chief financial officer for Dairy Farm International Holdings, and he served in various roles for British American Tobacco, including business development director, group finance controller and group head of finance. Mr. Ettedgui has also held senior finance positions in seven countries at Philips International.

Louis T. Hsieh currently serves as a senior adviser to the chief executive officer and as a director of New Oriental Education & Technology Group. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hsieh served as that company’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2015 and president from 2008 to 2016. In addition, Mr. Hsieh serves as an independent director, member of the corporate governance committee and chairman of the audit committee for JD.com, Inc., and independent director and chairman of the audit committee for Nord Anglia Education, Inc. Previously, Mr. Hsieh also served as an independent director, member of the corporate governance committee and chairman of the audit committee for Perfect World Co., Ltd. and China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

Fred Hu is chairman and founder of Primavera Capital Group, a China-based global investment firm (“Primavera”). Dr. Hu has served as chairman of Primavera since its inception in 2010. Prior to Primavera, Dr. Hu served in various roles at Goldman Sachs from 1997 to 2010, including serving as chairman of Greater China at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Hu served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., where he engaged in macroeconomic research, policy consultations and technical assistance for member country governments including China. Dr. Hu also served as director of the National Center for Economic Research and professor at Tsinghua University. He is the author of several books and of numerous other publications in the areas of economics and finance and on China and Asian economies. Dr. Hu has advised the Chinese government on financial and pension reform, state-owned enterprise (SOE) restructuring, and macroeconomic policies. Dr. Hu is a trustee of China Medical Board and the co-chair of the Nature Conservatory’s Asia Pacific Council.

Jonathan S. Linen is a member of the board of directors of Yum! Brands, a position he has held since 2005, and of Modern Bank, N.A. Mr. Linen served as advisor to the chairman of American Express Company from January 2006 to August 2016. Prior to his role as advisor to the chairman, Mr. Linen served as the vice chairman of American Express Company since August 1993. Mr. Linen served on the board of directors of The Intercontinental Hotels Group from 2005 to 2015. In addition, Mr. Linen is a former director of Bausch & Lomb.

Micky Pant is expected to serve as the chief executive officer of Yum China. Mr. Pant has served as chief executive officer of Yum! Restaurants China since August 2015. Over the past decade, Mr. Pant has held a number of leadership positions at Yum! Brands, including chief executive officer of the KFC Division, chief executive officer of Yum! Restaurants International and president of Global Branding for Yum! Brands and president of Taco Bell International. Before joining Yum! Brands, Mr. Pant built a foundation in marketing and international business with Unilever and worked at PepsiCo, Inc. and Reebok International Ltd. Since December 2014, Mr. Pant has served as an independent director on the board of Pinnacle Foods, Inc., where he also serves on the audit committee.

Zili Shao has served as co-chairman of King & Wood Mallesons – China since April 2015. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Shao held various positions with JPMorgan Chase & Co., including chairman and chief executive officer of JPMorgan China, vice chairman of JPMorgan Asia Pacific and chairman of JPMorgan Chase Bank (China) Company Limited. Prior to JPMorgan, he was a partner with Linklaters LLP, a global premium law firm. He held positions as Greater China managing partner and managing partner of Asia Pacific.

About Yum China Holdings
Yum China Holdings will become a licensee of Yum! Brands in Mainland China. It will have exclusive rights to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant concept, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining brand, and Taco Bell, which is expanding globally but is not yet in China. It will also own the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright. The new company will be 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 will have a strong capital position, no debt and expects to continue growing its system sales and profit by adding new restaurants and through growing same-store sales. Yum China has more than 7,200 restaurants in over 1,100 cities in China and generated over $8 billion in system sales in 2015. The growth of consumption in China is being fueled by a new generation of younger consumers who are digitally sophisticated and brand driven. The additional 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.

About Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has nearly 43,000 restaurants in almost 140 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #218 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2015 and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

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BJ’s Restaurants annual shareholders meeting results

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2016-Jun-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(Nasdaq:BJRI) held its Annual Meeting of shareholders on June 7, 2016.  At the meeting, shareholders elected Gregory A. Trojan, Gerald W. Deitchle, Peter A. Bassi, Larry D. Bouts, James A. Dal Pozzo, Noah A. Elbogen, Wesley A. Nichols, Lea Anne S. Ottinger and Patrick D. Walsh to the Board of Directors to serve for one-year terms until the next Annual Meeting.  The Board of Directors has reappointed Mr. Deitchle as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Company.

Shareholders also approved: the Performance Incentive Plan (“the Plan”); the non-binding advisory resolution on executive compensation; and, the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2016.

“We continue to make strides towards the goal of being the best casual dining concept ever,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO.  “Our sales and operating initiatives combined with our national restaurant expansion plan continue to drive our earnings momentum.  Going forward, we will leverage our broad menu and remain focused on driving sales by executing great, unique food at an extraordinary value, while strengthening our productivity and efficiency.  We will also continue to balance quality growth and build long-term shareholder value, while investing in those who take care of our guests each and every day, our people.  With only 176 restaurants open in 23 states, the majority of our growth remains ahead of us and we look forward to this exciting platform for growth.”

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 176 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names.  BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert.  Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.  The Company’s restaurants are located in the 23 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas,California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas,Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.  Such statements include, but are not limited to, those regarding expected comparable restaurant sales and margin growth in future periods, total potential domestic capacity, the success of various sales-building and productivity initiatives, future guest traffic trends, construction cost savings initiatives and the number and timing of new restaurants expected to be opened in future periods.  These “forward-looking” statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to be materially different from those projected or anticipated.  Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (i) our ability to manage an increasing number of new restaurant openings, (ii) construction delays, (iii) labor shortages, (iv) increases in minimum wage and other employment related costs, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (v) the effect of credit and equity market disruptions on our ability to finance our continued expansion on acceptable terms, (vi) food quality and health concerns and the effect of negative publicity about us, our restaurants, other restaurants, or others across the food supply chain, due to food borne illness or other reasons, whether or not accurate, (vii) factors that impact California, where 62 of our current 176 restaurants are located, (viii) restaurant and brewery industry competition, (ix) impact of certain brewing business considerations, including without limitation, dependence upon suppliers, third party contractors and related hazards, (x) consumer spending trends in general for casual dining occasions, (xi) potential uninsured losses and liabilities due to limitations on insurance coverage, (xii) fluctuating commodity costs and availability of food in general and certain raw materials related to the brewing of our craft beers and energy, (xiii) trademark and service-mark risks, (xiv) government regulations and licensing costs, (xv) beer and liquor regulations, (xvi) loss of key personnel, (xvii) inability to secure acceptable sites, (xviii) legal proceedings, (xix) other general economic and regulatory conditions and requirements, (xx) the success of our key sales-building and related operational initiatives, and (xxi) numerous other matters discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.  The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations, and BJ’sRestaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.