Artie Starrs is President of Pizza Hut U.S., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut that operates more than 41,000 restaurants across the globe. Yum! is ranked #218 on the FORTUNE 500 list and was named one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America in 2014. In his role at the helm of the Pizza Hut U.S. brand, Artie leads the strategic vision for the brand for more than 6,500 restaurants across the country and has a passion for leading the culture to fuel results.
Previously, Artie held the General Manager position and also served as Chief Financial Officer for Pizza Hut U.S., overseeing the Strategy, Business Analysis and Financial Planning teams.
Prior to joining Pizza Hut, Artie served as Chief Financial Officer of Rave Cinemas. There, his strategic vision and tactical optimization of the company’s capital structure and key operating initiatives led to the successful equity buyout of the company in 2009 and ultimate sale to Cinemark in 2013. Prior to that, he spent several years with investment bank Wasserstein Perella & Co./Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Artie received a B.A. degree in Economics from Princeton University. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children Margaret and Arthur.