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KFC has named Nick Chavez chief marketing officer.

KFC names Nick Chavez chief marketing officer

The former tech marketer to join the quick-service chain Nov. 29

KFC Corporation has named Nick Chavez chief marketing officer for KFC U.S., effective Nov. 29.

He replaces Andrea Zahumensky, who left the company in April.

Most recently Chavez was senior vice president of sales, marketing and communications for Nintendo of America, where he worked for more than 11 years. Prior to that he was at Yahoo! Inc., for more than nine years, where his marketing roles included vice president of brand marketing.

While at Nintendo, Chavez led sales and marketing for the Nintendo Switch gaming system, launching more than 200 game titles and helping drive the company’s digital marketing and commerce capabilities, according to a release announcing Chavez’s appointment to his new role.

“Nick is a proven leader who has a track record of demonstrating the smart, heart and courage leadership needed at Yum! & KFC,” KFC U.S. president Kevin Hochman said in the release. “He has launched blockbuster new products at an iconic brand, and he's an expert in migrating retail brick-and-mortar business into e-commerce. His experience will help us to deliver KFC's next chapter of growth.”

Nick_Chavez.jpegChavez, left, said he was looking forward to his new job.

“It is an incredible honor to join the KFC family and contribute to its iconic and enduring legacy of great people serving great fried chicken at great value to everyone,” he said. “The opportunity to help chart the future of the KFC brand, and how it delights and satisfies the millions of people it serves every day, is a dream for me. I look forward to working with the team at KFC and partnering with its remarkable franchisees to drive brand and business growth going forward.”

KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., has more than 24,000 restaurants worldwide, including some 4,000 in the United States.

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