Yum Restaurants elevates Pizza Hut India head Unnat Varma as its Asia Pacific MD

Dec 26, 2018

Pizza Hut’s India head Unnat Varma has been promoted by Yum Restaurants, as the managing director for the pizza chain’s Asia Pacific operations, bringing 5,500 restaurants spread across 17 countries under him from next month.

Varma, who has been with US-based Yum Brands Inc.’s Indian arm for over 12 years now, will operate out of its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.

Pizza Hut’s India operation, which was earlier reporting to the US parent company, is being merged with the Asia outfit. While a part of Pizza Hut’s India operations including marketing, execution and store operations will be headed by current marketing chief Prashant Gaur, other functions such as business development, HR and finance are being integrated with the Asia operations, under Varma.

India is the Kentucky-based pizza maker’s second largest market in the Asia Pacific region after China, which has over 2,000 outlets.

In India, all the Pizza Hut restaurants are franchised, and split up largely between RJ Corp-promoted Devyani International and Sapphire Foods India, a consortium of funds led by Samara Capital.

Pizza Hut reported 20% system sales growth in India for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, which it said was its ninth consecutive quarter of positive growth, in response to healthier consumption trends within the eating-out sector.

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