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Joey Wat    

CEO of Fortune 500 Company Yum China

From Savers to KFC China, millionaire Yum China CEO Joey Wat is an expert in saving struggling chains – no wonder she’s one of the only female CEOs listed on Fortune 500.

Wat did not come from an affluent family. They moved from Fuzhou to Hong Kong when Wat was young, where she soared in her academics and attended the prestigious University of Hong Kong. Later, she furthered her studies in Northwestern University in the US before joining McKinsey & Company in 2000.

Wat joined A.S. Watson Group in the UK, handling managing and strategic matters. Over the next decade, she rescued struggling health and beauty retail chain Savers and eventually became managing director of Watson UK, which handled both Savers and retail chain Superdrug. She later joined the F&B industry in 2014 as the CEO of KFC China before shifting among several roles at parent company Yum China, finally taking over as CEO in 2018.

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