Chief Sustainability Officer & Vice President of Global Government Affairs, Yum! Brands

Jon Hixson is the Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Global Government Affairs at Yum! Brands. In this role, he leads Yum!’s ESG and sustainability strategy, implementation, and investor-driven disclosures across the organization in partnership with the brands, franchisees and suppliers. Additionally, he oversees U.S. and international government relations activities.

Prior to joining Yum! Brands in 2017, Hixson was an executive with Cargill for 12 years where he served in various roles in government relations, sustainability, and communications. This included leading Cargill’s government relations team for North America, as well as international roles including living and working in Asia Pacific for three years, leading Corporate Affairs in Latin America and engaging in government relations in the European Union.

Prior to that, Hixson spent nine years on Capitol Hill working for members of Congress including Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Nancy Kassebaum and as Chief of Staff for Congressman Jerry Moran. He began his professional career with ConAgra Flour Milling in Denver, CO and continues to maintain an active interest with his family farm in Kansas.

Hixson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC.