Yvonne Wolf Joins National Restaurant Association as executive vice president, HR

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Most recently, Wolf held leadership roles with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where she launched a new business and enabled cultural transformation

The National Restaurant Association announced today the addition of Yvonne Wolf as executive vice president of human resources. Wolf is an accomplished human resources leader with more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She will lead the human resources team and “develop strategies to drive greater operational and organizational effectiveness,” says the Association.

“Yvonne is a compassionate leader with a proven record of developing talent, enhancing culture, and promoting employee engagement,” said Dawn Sweeney, president & CEO. “Her enthusiasm coupled with her industry experience uniquely qualifies her for this role, and we are very much looking forward to working with her.”

Culture of service

“This position combines my passion for building teams with my love of the foodservice industry,” said Wolf. “I want to continue developing my industry knowledge so I can partner with members of the Association and Foundation to expand our culture of service.”

Most recently, Wolf held leadership roles with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where she launched a new business and enabled cultural transformation. She designed organizational structures and human resources practices to attract, retain, and develop talent in the highly competitive healthcare field.

Wolf joined GSK through the Novartis Vaccines acquisition as Global Head of HR for Manufacturing and Quality, where she led an HR team across six countries. At Novartis, she also served as global head of leadership development and diversity & inclusion.

Earlier in her career, Wolf served as chief people officer for Denny’s Restaurant, SVP of human resources for Marriott International, director of training and organization development for Triac Restaurant Group, and as an HR business partner for Pepsi-Cola.

About the National Restaurant Association:

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15 million employees. The Association represents the $863 billion restaurant and foodservice industry at the federal, state, and local levels, and advocates on its behalf.

The Association hosts the industry’s largest trade show, the National Restaurant Association Show, in Chicago each May, and administer the industry’s leading food safety training and certification program, ServSafe®. In addition, through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, it offers ProStart™, a unique career-building high school program available at more than 1,900 schools across the country. Please visit the Association website, here.