Michael “Misha” Sukenik is Global Senior Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Latin America/Caribbean for Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizza Hut, two of Yum! Brands, Inc.’s marquee restaurant brands. In this role, Misha oversees legal affairs and compliance for a business unit spanning forty countries and legal regimes, serving on the executive leadership teams for each brand. Concurrently, Misha serves as senior counsel for the global KFC and Pizza Hut businesses across six continents and 120 countries, partnering with cross-functional leaders on a wide variety of sensitive business issues, including M&A, marketing/advertising, licensing, compliance and FCPA, governance, IT, data privacy, private equity, master franchising, and brand protection.
Before joining Yum!, Misha practiced with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Dallas, representing corporate and individual clients in trial, appellate and regulatory proceedings addressing a variety of antitrust, corporate governance, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, unfair and deceptive advertising, and legal malpractice claims. Previously, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Misha is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University. He has been recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel and D CEO Magazine as an Outstanding Corporate Counsel and by the First Chair Awards as a Rising Star.