Yum! Brands Inc., the parent of FC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced the appointment of Lauren R. Hobart, president of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., to its Board of Directors, effective November 12.

“Lauren will make an excellent addition to the Yum! Brands Board as she brings broad leadership experience and a wealth of knowledge from well-known and highly respected retail and consumer products companies,” said Brian Cornell, non-executive chairman of the Yum! Brands Board of Directors and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Target Corporation. “We look forward to the insights and many contributions she will bring as we continue to position Yum! Brands as an even stronger global growth company for all our stakeholders.”

“The events of this year have accelerated many consumer trends in the restaurant industry, particularly around digital, technology, and delivery,” said David Gibbs, CEO, Yum! Brands. “Lauren has demonstrated strong leadership driving Dick’s digital transformation and the growth of its e-commerce business and has an impressive brand-building, operational and marketing track record. These strengths, along with Lauren’s experience in the foodservice industry, will be invaluable as we elevate and invest in our customer and employee experience with technology and innovation at the forefront.”

Hobart joined Dick’s in 2011 and has held leadership roles including executive vice president, chief customer & digital officer and chief marketing officer. Prior to joining Dick’s, Hobart spent 14 years at PepsiCo.

Photo courtesy Lauren R. Hobert/Yum! Brands