By Carolyn Tribble Greer, Louisville Business First
A former executive with Yum Brands Inc. in Louisville is the new leader of a international sports organization.
Roger McClendon will lead the Green Sports Alliance, which consists of international sports and stadium executives, as well as sustainability experts. The alliance uses sports as a vehicle to promote healthy, sustainable communities around the world.
McClendon’s hire is part of a broader infusion of new executive and board leadership, according to a news release from the Portland, Ore.-based organization.
“I look forward to taking the alliance to the next level and ensuring sports plays a key role in the global sustainability movement, focused on measurable impact,” McClendon said in the release. “Along with our board, members and staff, we are poised to develop the alliance’s vision, while leveraging global innovation and strategic partnerships, to improve the social and environmental well-being of future generations.”
McClendon was the first chief sustainability officer for Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM), whose holdings include Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC restaurants. He also led the development of Blueline, a sustainable design guide for restaurants built on the LEED certification program. Blueline was a global standard implemented in about 5,000 Yum Brand restaurants globally.
McClendon left Yum Brands last spring. He was chosen for his new position after a national search.