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· KFC executive Kevin Hochman to lead Pizza Hut turnaround as interim president
· Pizza sent a record number of Americans to the ER in 2018
KFC executive Kevin Hochman to lead Pizza Hut turnaround as interim president
Yum Brands names new chief brand officer at Taco Bell, and new CFO at KFC
Nancy Luna, Nation's Restaurant News
Feb 06, 2020
Yum Brands, under new CEO David Gibbs, on Thursday announced major leadership changes at the company’s three quick-service brands including naming KFC leader Kevin Hochman as interim president of the struggling Pizza Hut division.
Hochman’s turnaround experience and ability to improve distinctive brands through innovation “make him ideally suited for this opportunity,” Gibbs said during the company's Thursday morning fourth quarter earnings call.
The KFC executive, left, will continue his responsibilities as president of the chicken chain's U.S. division, a role he’s had since 2017.
Yum said Hochman will be “supporting Pizza Hut Global CEO Artie Starrs who is devoting more time to his global role to ensure the success of the Pizza Hut International and U.S. businesses.”
The interim appointment comes as Pizza Hut reported a 2% drop in global same-store sales and a 4% decrease in the U.S.
“Pizza Hut U.S. continues to be a business in transition and for the last three years we've made improvements in food quality, speed of service, our loyalty program and upgrading our technology for online ordering and delivery,” Gibbs said.
Hochman is credited with lifting sales at the quick-service chicken chain when he resurrected brand ambassador Colonel Sanders...
Pizza sent a record number of Americans to the ER in 2018
By Jane Ridley, New York Post
February 6, 2020
Who knew a slice of pie could be so dangerous?
The number of hospitalizations in the United States involving pizza rocketed by more than 50% in 2018, compared to the previous year.
Whether it was caused by falling upstairs while carrying a delivery or someone slashing a finger with a pizza cutter, there were no fewer than 3,800 visits to the ER two years ago related to the tasty Italian food. That figure compares to 2,300 injuries in 2017.
The statistics come from medical service provider Babylon Health in honor of National Pizza Day on Sunday Feb. 9. The 2018 figures mark the highest number of injuries since the company started counting them.
The company analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which is run by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Findings were based on medical records from an extrapolated sample of 100 emergency departments across the country in which the word “pizza” was included in doctors’ notes...