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David Novak

Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands and Author, Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen
Chairman and CEO of the largest restaurant organization in the world, David Novak shares his recipe for success—a passionate belief in great leadership, empowering people and building effective teams.
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Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen

Why are Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon, Jack Welch, Jeffrey Immelt and so many other top leaders praising David Novak’s upcoming book? Novak, recognized as one of the best-performing CEO’s in the world by Harvard Business Review, runs Yum! Brands—the world's largest restaurant company and parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell—with a staggering 1.4 million employees. He learned long ago that you can't lead a great organization of any size—from a tiny startup to a global giant—without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you accomplish that?

As Yum’s chairman and CEO, and as the author of TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen, Novak has personally trained thousands of managers with his leadership guide—which has been 15 years in the making and tested on more than 4,000 managers—and is an action plan that challenges leaders to rise to higher levels of performance.

Novak knows that managers in the trenches don't need leadership platitudes or business theories. With a focus on corporate culture, customer relations and employee empowerment that enabled him to grow Yum! Brands globally, Novak cuts right to the chase and shares the secrets of the unique leadership program he’s developed in easy-to-follow steps: setting big goals, getting your people on board, blowing past your targets, celebrating together after you shock the skeptics, and doing it again and again until consistent excellence becomes a core element of your culture. Highly engaging and motivated, Novak inspires teams—from front line to front office—while delivering a specific process to help organizations achieve growth.

Meet David Novak

Chairman and CEO of the largest restaurant organization in the world, David Novak shares his recipe for success—a passionate belief in great leadership, empowering people and building effective teams.

David Novak has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s for the past two years, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. Novak leads a substantial, multinational business that is the parent company to Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. Operating more than 39,000 restaurants in over 120 countries—including being the fastest-growing foreign brand in China—with 1.4 million employees worldwide, Novak’s leadership and drive to empower diverse workforces is the very bedrock from which Yum’s astounding growth has taken place over the last decade. Novak’s deep commitment to building great leaders and a vibrant organization is best evidenced by the fact that he has personally trained thousands of Yum! managers over the last 15 years in the principles that he lays out in his book TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen. In his book and in his keynote presentation, Novak delivers a battle-tested leadership guide on how to build great companies through developing great talent. Novak formerly served as the president at KFC and Pizza Hut, and held senior management positions at Pepsi prior to Yum’s spin-off from parent company PepsiCo in 1997.

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