LOUISVILLE, KY. – On Nov. 12, Lauren R. Hobart, president of Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., will begin service on Yum! Brands Inc.’s board of directors. Yum! Brands announced Hobart’s appointment on Oct. 12.

“Lauren will make an excellent addition to the Yum! Brands Board as she brings broad leadership experience and a wealth of knowledge from well-known and highly respected retail and consumer products companies,” said Brian Cornell, non-executive chairman of the Yum! Brands board of directors and chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corporation. “We look forward to the insights and many contributions she will bring as we continue to position Yum! Brands as an even stronger global growth company for all our stakeholders.”

David Gibbs, chief executive officer of Yum! Brands added, “The events of this year have accelerated many consumer trends in the restaurant industry, particularly around digital, technology and delivery. Lauren has demonstrated strong leadership driving Dick’s digital transformation and the growth of its e-commerce business and has an impressive brand-building, operational and marketing track record. These strengths, along with Lauren’s experience in the foodservice industry, will be invaluable as we elevate and invest in our customer and employee experience with technology and innovation at the forefront.”

Hobart began as president of Dick’s in 2017 and oversees stores, marketing ecommerce, technology HR, legal and strategy and analytics organizations. She joined Dick’s in 2011 and has held roles including executive vice president, chief customer and digital officer and chief marketing officer. Prior to Dick’s, Hobart worked for PepsiCo in planning and marketing roles; prior to that she was at Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. She is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Stanford University.