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John Cahill is a proud alumnus of Yum! Brands, having served as chief financial officer of KFC under David Novak. Since leaving KFC, the numbers-driven finance officer has gained extensive leadership experience in the food and beverage industry, serving as Chairman and CEO of Pepsi Bottling Group, Chairman and CEO of Kraft, and in various key roles at other food and beverage companies. After spinning off from Mondelez International in 2012, Kraft food groups made John CEO in 2014, after which he was responsible for merging Kraft with Heinze to form North America’s third largest food and beverage company behind PepsiCo and Tyson Foods. John brings global leadership, operating, marketing and product development experience, as well as insight into corporate governance, accounting, and financial subjects.
John is currently the lead director of American Airlines, director of Colgate, Palmolive, and Chairman of the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation. He has been married to Betsy Kirkland Cahill for thirty years. They have four children and reside in their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.
David’s passion is to make the world a better place by developing leaders at all ages through David Novak Leadership, his family’s Lift-a-Life Foundation, Lead4Change, Global Game Changers and The Novak Leadership Institute at the University of Missouri.
Novak has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review…
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