Pizza Hut Inc. has named Joe Kim as its new chief operations officer. Kim will be responsible for all aspects of the company's operations including speed to market, management of operations and emphasis on restaurant excellence.

Prior to joining Pizza Hut, Kim spent 15 years at Valero Energy, most recently serving as senior vice president, Strategy and Growth. In that position, Kim oversaw Valero's strategic plan and execution of growth initiatives. Previously, he held roles in field and franchise operations, strategic planning, merchandising, development, mergers and acquisitions and investor relations. Before joining Valero, Kim spent several years with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.

"Joe is well suited to this new role at Pizza Hut, having extensive multiunit operations leadership experience from consulting and the convenience store industry," said Scott Bergren, CEO and president, Pizza Hut. "His background and accomplishments have given him a uniquely broad business perspective. Joe's appointment as COO is a critical next step in our continued efforts to deliver operational excellence."

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