LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Yum! Brands Inc. announced Thursday that Robert D. Walter had been appointed to its board of directors.


The company said in a statement that Walter is the founder and executive director of Cardinal Health Inc., a provider of products and services for safety and productivity in health care. The appointment is effective immediately.


“Bob Walter is an extraordinary business leader who has built one of the world’s great companies from scratch. His entrepreneurial spirit and constant focus on customer service will add tremendous value to our Board of Directors,” said David C. Novak, Yum! chairman and CEO.


Yum! Brands is the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s chains.