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James Fripp


Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
YUM! Brands
James Fripp is Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc., one of the world’s leading restaurant companies with over 45,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in more than 140 countries and territories. Fripp is responsible for leading Yum! Brands’ diversity and inclusion strategies for community relations, corporate culture, workforce, minority and women's business development and the multicultural marketplace. He works with the Company’s businesses around the globe to leverage diversity initiatives in order to strengthen the recruitment and retention of top talent and expand franchise and supplier opportunities. His position reinforces Yum!’s commitment to creating a workplace culture that actively seeks diversity in others to expand the Company’s thinking and reflect the changing demographics of customers worldwide.

Prior to assuming his current role in early 2011, James spent 15 years in various leadership roles in the Company’s Human Resources department, including serving as the National Field Human Resources Director for the Taco Bell Brand. He also spent 15 years in restaurant operations. Fripp holds a Degree in Business Management and is a certified Unconscious Bias facilitator.

Fripp has served as a mentor as part of the Black Achiever’s Program and as President of the Board of Education for St. Mary’s Catholic School. He has also served as a member of the Kansas State University Marketing and International Advisory Committee, as well as the University of Missouri at Columbia Hotel Restaurant Management Advisory Committee. Currently James is the Chair of the TDN2K Advisory Board, the Chair of the Conference Board’s Global Chief Diversity Officers Council, Chair of the Consortium for Graduate Study’s in Management Advisory Board and is a Board member of the Multi-Cultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance. He and his wife are parents to three young men and reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Sunday Jan 13
9:15 - 9:45 AM
Qualtrics Theatre, Level 1

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