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Shannon Hennessy

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The Habit Burger

Shannon Hennessy is the Chief Executive Officer of The Habit ­­Burger Grill Division, reporting directly to the Yum! Brands CEO.  In this role, Hennessy aims to break the “craft ceiling” and make The Habitthe global powerhouse brand in the better-burger category through an ambitious agenda to scale its unmatched cook-to-order expertise, modernize the experience for off-premise dining and achieve industry-leading margins. Hennessy previously served as President of The Habit Burger Grill Division, leading advancements for the brand by strengthening the business model viamargin improvement and digital sales growth.

She first joined Yum! in 2020 as the Chief Financial Officer of KFC Global Division, where she was responsible for leading the global finance function and ensuring continued growth and profitability of the KFC business. She also oversaw the brand’s Financial Planning, Supply Chain Management and Strategy functions.

Prior to joining Yum!, Hennessy worked for McKinsey & Company, where she served as Managing Partner of the Dallas office and served clients in retail, packaged goods, travel and logistics industries. While there, she led the Dallas office to achieve record high consultant satisfaction scores and championed significant increases in talent diversity. Hennessy received her Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MBA at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.