Po brothers, Lance Gokongwei hire former KFC Asian consultant to head Shakey’s international operation

Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures Inc. (PIZZA) owned by the Po brothers and ultra bilyonaryo Lance Gokongwei have tapped a London School of Economics-trained Chinese to steer the restaurant chain’s global expansion.

PIZZA appointed Yiow L. Tan as Shakey’s international group director starting February 1.

Tan is a 25-year veteran in business and market development in Asia. He used to be a consultant for Yum! Brands, one of the world’s biggest fast-food owners, specifically its KFC and Taco Bell operations in Asia.

He was also new business development director of Focus Brands, a leading developer and franchisor of food-service brands such as Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon.

PIZZA also beefed up its other divisions with the appointment of former Jollibee Foods executive Oliver Angelo Sicam as marketing director and former Unilever Philippines brand manager Kelly M. Centeno, a co-owner of Adobo Connection, as director for digital, loyalty and delivery services.