Artie Starrs serves as Chief Executive Officer of Pizza Hut. In this role, Artie is responsible for driving the company’s global growth strategies, franchise operations and performance. Prior to this, he served as President of Pizza Hut U.S. with responsibility for the company’s overall strategic vision and planning, including all aspects of the business, culture and people capability. A proven leader, Artie has a passion for the customer experience and is highly regarded for delivering results. From investments in digital and delivery innovation, to product quality enhancements, to growing the Hut Rewards loyalty program, Artie is instrumental in rallying the entire Pizza Hut system to stay laser-focused on the company’s strategy and growth mind-set.
Artie is also an advocate for the continued success of Pizza Hut employee and community initiatives, including Life Unboxed, which earned the 2017 Brandon Hall Gold award for Best Employee Value Proposition. Under Artie’s leadership, Pizza Hut has in place a widely successful global platform dedicated to tackling illiteracy, called Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. Through this platform, Pizza Hut has a goal to impact 100 million lives over ten years by enabling access to books and educational resources, empowering teachers and inspiring readers. Building on Artie’s personal commitment to education, Pizza Hut U.S. also has a close partnership with Uplift Education, an organization dedicated to preparing Dallas/Fort Worth-area students for college.
Prior to his role as President, Artie served as General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of Pizza Hut U.S., where he led the development and implementation of the brand’s current strategic roadmap. Before joining Pizza Hut, Artie served as Chief Financial Officer of Rave Cinemas. There, his strategic vision and 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. He also previously spent several years with investment bank Wasserstein Perella & Co./Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
In the community, Artie focuses his time helping organizations dedicated to children and education through board service or advisory work. These include the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, The First Tee of Dallas, the Ben Hogan Foundation and the 21st Century Council at Southern Methodist University. Artie was recently appointed to the Grubhub Board of Directors.
He received an A.B. degree in Economics from Princeton University and currently resides in Dallas with his wife and two children.