Jerilan Greene | Influence 100

Jerilan Greene

Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer
Yum! Brands



Louisville, Kentucky-based Yum! Brands is one of the world’s largest fast food companies, operating brands including Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and WingStreet. As global CCO since 2016, Jerilan Greene has led communications at a time of exceptional international growth, and resulting change in corporate structure and vision. Last September, she added leading public affairs to her responsibilities as well.

Greene served as the lead architect of communications surrounding the separation of Yum’s China business into an independent company. She also was responsible for articulating Yum’s strategy for global growth, as well as its vision, mission and values. In her LinkedIn profile, Green calls herself a “high-energy leader with a passion for coaching individuals and organizations to realize their infinite potential.” She also is expert at rising to the occasion when needed, saying she “thrives in situations where the solution has to be found and no precedent exists.”

Greene has been with Yum in 2011, when she joined the company as VP, corporate communications. She was previously based agency-side in Chicago, where she was EVP at Edelman and director of the corporate practice at Burson-Marsteller.