LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced that Tarun Lal has been named president of KFC U.S., effective as of July 15, 2022.
Lal was managing director of the KFC Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey, Africa and India markets and is a 25-year KFC brand veteran. He will report to Dyke Shipp, KFC division president, and relocate to the KFC U.S. headquarters in Louisville, Ky.
“Tarun has proven to be a best-in-class operator with a strong commercial outlook and approach,” Shipp said. “As he joins the U.S. brand, we are confident he will be met with a similar passion for consistent execution and achieving breakthrough results.”
Lal has served in various roles at KFC and its parent company, Yum! Brands, including general manager of KFC Africa, KFC global chief operations officer and GM for KFC India.
As GM of KFC Africa, Lal’s extensive understanding of the business, and partnering skills, added tremendous value to the KFC Sub-Saharan Africa business, the company noted. Under his management, the KFC Africa team unlocked growth across the region, including successful brand launches in multiple new markets.
Lal is an active and vocal champion of female advancement, equity, inclusion and belonging, sponsoring talent initiatives like the Next-Generation of Women (N.O.W.) strategy designed to support KFC’s commitment to reach gender parity in leadership roles by 2025, the company added.
Lal replaces Kevin Hochman, who departed KFC U.S. on June 3 to assume a senior position at another company.