Chief Sustainability Officer
Yum! Brands
Roger McClendon is Chief Global Sustainability Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Yum! is the world’s largest restaurant company, with approximately 40,000 restaurants and more than 1.5 million employees in over 125 countries. Yum! is the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. Roger reports to the Chairman & CEO and is responsible for setting the strategy behind the Company’s global sustainability framework. Prior to his current role, Roger served as Senior Director of Yum! Brands Global Engineering and Facilities with a focus on energy. Additionally, Roger had previously served as Senior Project Engineering Manager for Yum! Restaurants International (YRI), where he supervised KFC Global Engineering initiatives in Australia, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Roger was also the Director of Global Engineering for Long John Silver’s and A&W Multi-branding. Responsible for Engineering, New Product Development and Quality Assurance, Roger has been at the forefront of several technical innovations that have not only proven to be cost-effective but also have tremendously advanced the cause for a safe working environment. Roger is involved in numerous community-based programs and initiatives that he has devoted his time, energy and personal resources to over the years. Always concerned with giving back to the community, Roger is a co-founder of ICS Computer Technical Training Center for Youth in Cincinnati. Roger is also a volunteer for the McClendon Institute for Learning Outreach Programs in Dayton. His board membership includes Edge Technologies, LLC and the Kentucky Minority Business Council, both based in Louisville. Additionally, Roger serves on the Louisville Sports Commission Board of Directors, an organization with a focus on the economic development of Louisville. Roger is also currently participating in the 2012 Leadership Louisville program. Among his numerous awards are: the NAFEM Global Engineering Meeting Award from China and Japan, and the Yum! Global Engineering Innovation Award. Roger is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati (UC) where he obtained a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering. During his time at UC, Roger enjoyed a highly successful college basketball career where his talent and impact on the Cincinnati community were documented by publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated. Roger went on to finish his career with 1,789 points and as the second all-time career scorer in UC’s history; second only to the legendary Oscar Robertson. In 1998, Roger was inducted into the University of Cincinnati Hall of Fame for his accomplishments. Roger resides in Louisville, KY with his wife, Suzanne Edwards McClendon, and their four children: Deja, Maya, Marquis and Jordan.