KFC names John Mays as director of equity and inclusion

He will lead the development and implementation of the chain’s equity and inclusion vision and strategy.

KFC announced the appointment of John Mays as director of equity and inclusion for its U.S. business.

In this newly formed role, he will lead the development and implementation of KFC’s equity and inclusion vision and strategy. Mays is also expected to lead organizational changes, raise awareness of equity and diversity issues and develop policies to address equity from the restaurant level to franchisees and the brand headquarters.

“At KFC, we have a passion for food and serving it with pride; we are also a people-first culture, and John embodies this culture day in and day out, making him the perfect person for this new role,” John Kurnick, chief people officer for KFC U.S., said in a statement.

“His drive and ability to build upon our culture of inclusion will enhance our existing foundational efforts as a brand—from employee resource groups to KFC’s inclusive hiring initiative. I am confident that John will challenge our thinking and bring provocative thought leadership to this role. John’s early thinking on our strategy in this new role will continue to prioritize diversity of thought and action, making a significant and lasting impact within KFC, and throughout the quick-service restaurant industry and the communities we serve.”

“My driving passion is making sure everyone feels empowered to bring the best authentic version of themselves to the workplace and no one is left behind. And while equity and inclusion may look different for everyone, if we can spark change by capturing on the momentum of this moment to become a sustainable movement for our brand, then I believe KFC will have done something extraordinary,” Mays added.

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