Marc L. Kesselman

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Marc Kesselman is Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Yum! Brands, Inc.,
(NYSE:YUM), effective February 1, 2016. Yum! Brands is one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories with 1.5 million associates. The Company is ranked #228 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2015. Its restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opens over five new restaurants per day, making it a leader in international retail development.

Reporting to the Yum! CEO, he oversees all of Yum’s legal activities.  Kesselman joined Yum! from Dean Foods where he held a similar role, and has a unique combination of expertise in global business, corporate law as well as food and agriculture policy and regulatory affairs.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President & General Counsel at PepsiCo America’s Foods where he oversaw a wide variety of complex commercial, transactional, litigation, regulatory, and government affairs issues relating to PepsiCo's food businesses in North and South America.  Prior to joining PepsiCo, he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he advised the Secretary of Agriculture and directed all legal activity for the Department. For the previous three years, he served as Deputy General Counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he handled a variety of regulatory, budgetary and legal policy
matters.  Kesselman also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy and as a Trial Attorney in its Civil Division. His work there earned him the John Marshall Award, the Attorney General’s highest recognition for trial of litigation.  

Kesselman currently serves on the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Litigation Center, the Board of the Texas General Counsel Forum, and the Penn Law Alumni Board of Managers. He is also a Member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and has previously served on the Board of the Dallas Symphony, on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and as Chair of the DC Bar Administrative Law Section. Kesselman holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Government from Cornell University.



  • General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Government Affairs Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc.