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Pizza Hut Names Tom James as CMO

James Was Formerly Senior Exec at Avrett Free

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CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Yum Brands' Pizza Hut hired Tom James as chief marketing officer, according to an executive with knowledge of the situation.

A Pizza Hut spokeswoman

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would not confirm the appointment.

Mr. James is a 14-year veteran of Interpublic Group of Cos.' Avrett Free & Ginsberg, New York, where he served most recently as senior executive group account director.

Pizza Hut began a search for a new chief marketing executive in August following the promotion of Randy Gier to chief marketing officer of Yum Restaurants International, in charge of managing the Pizza Hut and KFC brands overseas. Mr. Gier's role is a new position in the international division of Yum Brands.

Pizza Hut's agency is Omnicom Group's BBDO Worldwide, New York.

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