KFC Names Sabir Sami Global CEO – First Pakistani to be

Sabir Sami will replace Tony Lowings as head of the chicken chain, KFC, on Jan 1. Also, Dyke Shipp will become KFC president.
Sabir Sami has been working in KFC for the past 12 years; he has performed exceptionally well during his tenure in the middle east.

Dyke Shipp, the chief people officer and the chief development officer for KFC, also received his nomination as the President of the company.
Sabir Sami is currently KFC’s CEO and managing director (MD) for KFC Asia. His major responsibility as the CEO will be KFC’s global brand strategy.

Considering the fact that Sabir Sami is the first Pakistani CEO of KFC, it is a major update. We have seen numerous Indian CEOs of the tech giants and other multinational brands. It is a piece of welcoming news to see Pakistanis working their way through the process to reach the highest managerial positions.

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David Gibbs, who is the CEO of Yum Brands, the KFC parent company, called Sami “an exceptional leader with deep expertise and knowledge of our business”. David also said that Sabir has, “strong, proven track record of growing KFC’s physical and brand presence in markets worldwide.”
The guy Sabir Sami will replace has worked with Yum Brands and KFC for over 27 years.

Sami and Shipp will become the of what has become a global leviathan. KFC is one of the largest restaurant chains in the world with over 25,000 locations– fewer than 4,000 of which are in the U.S. Global unit count grew 3.7% last year despite the pandemic.

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In his current position, Sami oversaw operational strategy for all of the company’s markets and led the Asia region. Sabir Sami has also served as the managing director for the company’s North Africa, Middle East, Turkey and Pakistan markets.

Sabir has also worked in managerial positions at Procter & Gamble, the Coca-Cola Company and Reckitt Benckiser.