Mr. Eaton assumed the role of Chief Operations Officer of Yum! Brands, Inc. in February 2012. He also oversees the Asia FBU (Franchise Business Unit) and the KFC and Pizza Hut SOPAC (South Pacific) business for the Company’s international division, Yum! Restaurants International (YRI). From June 2008 to February 2012, Mr. Eaton was CEO and President of KFC USA. He also held several international positions at the company, including Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Director, General Manager and Finance Director in the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. From 1996 to 2000 and prior to his time at Yum! Brands, Inc., Mr. Eaton was employed by Hoyts Corporation — one of the world’s leading entertainment companies — where he served as Chief Operating Officer of Hoyts Cinemas Australia Limited and President of Hoyts USA Limited. He also worked as General Manager of Finance for Hoyts Pty Ltd, the private holding company of Hoyts Entertainment Ltd and Hoyts Media Ltd.
Mr. Eaton holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a post graduate diploma in accounting from the University of Natal - Durban in South Africa. He passed the South African Public Accountants and Auditors Board exams in 1982. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Eaton was identified by a third party search firm.
Mr. Eaton provides the Board extensive experience in global retail brand management, operations and finance.