I was excited to have Richard Wallis join me on the Arete podcast as he is my first guest currently living and making his career overseas. Richard’s only a young man but has made some fantastic achievements within Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell), one of the world’s largest restaurant companies.
Richard has worked in various roles for Yum! Brands including Head of Operations and Information Technology and Employee Relations Director, before becoming the President of Pizza Hut Canada in 2013. Pizza Hut Canada is a $350 million dollar business and with over 400 retail units, is one of the country’s fastest growing restaurant brands.
Richard is a dynamic and ambitious individual, a go-getter who has built his career from the ground up. The idea of fostering capability among his team is central to Richard’s approach and he truly believes inspiring and motivating people drives results.
Richard spent his formative years as the eldest of four boys in Queensland’s Ipswich, where he attended Bremer State High School. His career story begins with a part-time job at the local Brodies Chicken, a nod to Richard’s future and an early experience which gave Richard an insight into business and brand leadership. Richard has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Queensland and interestingly, was planning to move on to post-graduate study in medicine with the view of becoming a doctor, before a job as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut fatefully changed his course.
Richard also has a Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) and is a member of the Young President’s Organisation. He lives in Canada with his wife and three young children.
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