SHANGHAI, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or "Yum China") (YUMC) today announced the appointment of Jacky Lo as its Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective June 1, 2017. Mr. Lo will replace Mr. Edwin "Ted" Stedem, who is resigning as the Company's Chief Financial Officer effective June 1, 2017, for personal and family reasons.
"I have a tremendous belief in the strength of our brands and the quality of our people," said Ted Stedem. "I have decided to return to the U.S., after consideration of family priorities and personal needs, in time for the next school year."
"Ted has made a great contribution to Yum China, especially in the spin-off process and in setting up a strong and capable finance team," said Micky Pant, CEO of Yum China. "While thanking him for his contributions, I fully respect his personal decision to move back from Shanghai to the U.S. with his family. We wish him all the best."
"At the same time, I am pleased that Jacky will step in as the interim CFO," Mr. Pant commented. "Jacky has been the lead officer for our financial reporting and filings. He is a high caliber finance professional and an excellent culture fit with extensive work experience in both the U.S. and China. I have full confidence that Jacky will successfully lead our team of experienced finance executives to ensure a seamless transition."
Mr. Lo is Vice President, Controller and principal accounting officer of the Company and he will continue to serve in this position alongside the role as interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lo joined Yum! Restaurants China, a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. ("YUM"), in August 2016 as Vice President, Finance.
Prior to joining YUM, Mr. Lo worked for Ernst & Young for 15 years, including most recently as Partner and the Deputy Director in the Asia Pacific Capital Markets Center of Ernst & Young's Professional Practice Group, specializing in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, SEC reporting and Sarbanes Oxley compliance requirements. Mr. Lo is a certified public accountant in Texas and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Yum China's management will hold a conference call at 8:00am U.S. Eastern Time on Monday, April 24, 2017 (8:00pm Beijing/Hong Kong Time on Monday, April 24, 2017) to address any questions investors may have on the CFO transition.
Dial-in details for the conference call are as follows:
+1 845 675 0437
400 620 8038 or 800 819 0121
+852 3018 6771
+44 20 36214779
+65 6713 5090
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About Yum China Holdings, Inc.
Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC, China's leading quick-service restaurant brand, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, which opened its first restaurant in China at the end of 2016. Yum China also owns the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright. Yum China is well positioned for growth thanks to its strong competitive position, integration of its brands into Chinese popular culture and consumers' daily lives, expanding geographic footprint in China and existing operational expertise. It has a strong capital position, no external debt and expects to continue growing its system sales and profit by adding new restaurants and through growing same-store sales. Yum China had more than 7,600 restaurants and more than 420,000 employees in over 1,100 cities at the end of February 2017. A new generation of younger consumers who are digitally sophisticated and brand driven are fueling growth in consumption in China. The ongoing growth of the middle class and urban population in China is expected to create the world's largest market for restaurant brands, with Yum China poised to be the market leader.
Analysts are invited to contact:
Christie Ju, Vice President – Finance, Investor Relations, at +86 21 2407 8090
Elaine Lai, Director – Finance, Investor Relations, at +86 21 2407 8278
Members of the media are invited to contact:
Forest Liu, Director, Public Affairs, at +86 21 2407 7505
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