Thursday, February 7, 2008

Yum! Brands loses top executive to Quiznos.

Former Yum executive heads to Quiznos

Business First of Louisville

The Quiznos sandwich chain has tapped a former Yum Brands Inc. executive as its new president.

David Deno served as chief operating officer at Louisville-based Yum, which owns Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and other fast-food chains, until December 2005, when he resigned for "personal reasons."

Before taking over as COO, he served as chief financial officer for Yum.

At Quiznos, Deno is in charge of the Denver-based company's field operations, operations support, delivery and catering sales and implementation.

He also heads international development and oversees food and equipment distribution.

Between Yum and Quiznos, Deno was managing director of CCMP Capital, an ownership partner in Quiznos. While at CCMP, Deno sat on the Quiznos board.

Louisville -- and Yum Brands -- has been a rich source of executives for Quiznos over the past year.

Last April, Andrew Skehan, a former COO for Churchill Downs Inc., was named president of Quiznos' European, Middle Eastern and African operations. Prior to joining Churchill, he held top operational posts with PepsiCo Inc., from which Yum was spun off, and KFC Corp., a Yum subsidiary.

Quiznos also has hired Mike Elliott, a former executive vice president for Yum; Steve Provost, who was chief marketing officer for Yum; and Kevin Dearth, a former senior vice president of field operations for Yum.

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