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Sean Tresvant Becomes First Black CEO Of Taco Bell

Sean Tresvant Becomes First Black CEO Of Taco Bell

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Sean Tresvant has just been named the new CEO of Taco Bell, making history as the first Black person to ever hold the office, KTLA reports. Tresvant first joined the company in January 2022 as global chief brand officer, expanding to global chief brand and strategy officer earlier this year. Before then, he served at Nike for more than 15 years, working in various leadership capacities. Now Tresvant will step into the role of chief executive officer, overseeing growth strategies, franchise operations and company performance. 

“Sean is laser focused on keeping our powerhouse Taco Bell brand at the leading edge of culture and redefining innovation in the industry. That’s why he is the ideal executive to continue successfully executing Taco Bell’s long-term global growth strategies and take them to the next level in partnership with the brand’s strong and accomplished leadership team and incredible franchisees,” said Yum! Brands CEO David Gibbs. 

Tresvant will take over for former CEO Mark King who announced his retirement at the end of this year. The new executive said he’s excited to usher in a new era for the fast food giant and expand Taco Bell’s imprint on the culture. 

“The love our fans and team members have for Taco Bell is extraordinary and means we’re in a unique position to push the limits on culture and become a brand that inspires and enables the world to Live Más. I’m grateful to have worked alongside Mark, and I’m incredibly honored and excited to continue partnering with our talented team and amazing franchisees on Taco Bell’s magic formula of brand buzz, innovation, value and digital initiatives to deliver industry-leading results in the U.S. and internationally,” said Tresvant. 

He is scheduled to officially begin his new role as CEO on January 1, 2024. Congratulations Sean!

Cover photo: Sean Tresvant becomes first Black CEO of Taco Bell/Photo Courtesy of Yum! Brands