Chief Brand Officer, Pizza Hut
David Timm is an award-winning, international Marketing Executive whose experience includes market research, trade marketing, brand marketing, advertising, and consulting. He has worked in multi-cultural environments for and with large multinationals in the U.S., U.K., Africa, Asia, and Eastern/Western Europe.
David has held various executive marketing positions with YUM!. He has recently moved into the Chief Marketing Capability Officer role for Collider (YUM!’s in-house strategic / brand consultancy) to focus on developing/launching the new Sales Overnight and Brand Over Time curriculum to grow marketing capability across all brands. Prior to this role, David served as the Chief Brand Officer for Pizza Hut International and was responsible for the full marketing function, asset design, and food/new-product innovation which included digital transformation, sales performance, and brand health in over 100 countries. The company is evolving from a traditional quick-service restaurant (QSR) into an ecommerce business that is both product and service-driven. Prior to that David was CMO for Pizza Hut USA, CMO for KFC in the UK and Ireland and CMO for KFC in South Africa and Africa.
His advertising experience includes running strategic planning departments and being a member of the management teams for Leo Burnett in Hungary, Seoul and South Africa. In this time he worked on a diverse number of clients including Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz, McDonald’s, Levi’s and Johnnie Walker. In addition to building and leading strategic planning he was responsible for new business.
Prior to advertising he was a marketing manager responsible for a beverage portfolio at Bromor Foods (a Cadbury subsidiary) and a brand manager for Hansa Pilsener at South African Breweries having moved there from AC Nielsen where he began his professional career.
David holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School and a B Commerce degree from the University of Natal, Republic of South Africa. His professional awards include YUM! Chairman’s Award; Dallas CEO Magazine, CMO Award and Dallas 500: Most Powerful C-Suite Executives. David was named one of South Africa’s top three most influential marketers and has received numerous awards, including Apex Effectiveness, a Cannes Lion, a Clio, the Roger Garlick (Grand Prix), Prism, IPRA, a London International Awards Show, Loeries, and Creative Circle ads of the month.
David played premier league cricket, has run ultra-marathons and has a golf handicap of 5. He and his wife, Gina have 2 children Kiara and Micaela.