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CEO Spotlight: David Gibbs

The chief financial officer of Yum! Brands Inc. on why he loves his job.
By D Magazine |

Alma Maters

Duke University (MBA), Johns Hopkins University (BSE-Mathematical Science)

Why I Love My Job

What I most enjoy is the opportunity to positively impact lives all around the world. We create nearly 40,000 new jobs every year, feed millions of customers, and improve the lives of more than 1 million associates by investing in their development. I love seeing the smiles on our customers’ and employees’ faces when we get the experience right.

Best Advice

Your mindset in how you approach a challenge is usually more critical to success than your experience or technical skills. Having a growth mindset makes all the difference.

Looking Ahead

We have only scratched the surface when it comes to the growth potential [of Yum! Brands] outside of the United States, even though we are already in more than 135 countries.

Proud Moment

Seeing my wife, Sharon, graduate from medical school

Fun Fact

I am an experienced Black Jack card-counter. My senior thesis in college was to create a computer simulation to estimate the odds of success counting cards in an eight-deck game of Black Jack.

Bucket List

Spend a season coaching college basketball at any level.

Beverage of Choice

Diet Pepsi

Car I Drive

Audi A8

Hobby or Passion

Golf and spending time with my family. I often get to do both at the same time, as both of my children enjoy playing.

Destination of Choice

My wife and I are originally from the New York City area, and we love going back and seeing family and friends. The excitement and energy of the city is unique. There is always something to do, and it’s so easy to get around.


This Q&A is extended content from the Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO that profiles the region’s most influential business leaders. Visit for details.

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