KFC UK & Ireland

Meghan Farren succeeds Paula MacKenzie

Meghan Farren, the new general manager of KFC UK & Ireland, starts in autumn 2022.
Meghan Farren, the new general manager of KFC UK & Ireland, starts in autumn 2022.

Meghan (Meg) Farren will be returning to KFC UK & Ireland in the role of general manager. Farren left her role of chief marketing officer KFC UK & Ireland in 2021 for Asda. She replaces Paula MacKenzie, who left the business earlier this year after five years as its managing director for the UK & Ireland. She has now been appointed chief executive of PizzaExpress.

KFC Global CEO Sabir Sami said of the appointment: “Meg’s impact on the KFC brand extends far beyond her ten-year career with our UKI business. From Innovation Director in 2011 to her more recent role as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) from 2015 to 2021, Meg became well renowned for her bold and brave creative leadership, a champion for our unique culture and her people first approach. 

Meg is an exceptional leader, her people-grower capability has inspired and developed the UKI team into a hub for the next generation of leaders at KFC. I am thrilled to welcome Meg back to KFC and excited to see the UK & I business continue to grow under her leadership.”
Farren left her role of CMO KFC UK & Ireland in 2021 for Asda. During her time at Asda she held the role of Chief Customer Officer and was responsible for leading the development and strategy of Asda’s total customer proposition, marketing and management of its brands.
At KFC, Farren’s leadership saw the brand transform, culminating in it being awarded Brand of the Year in 2021. "Her approach to marketing resulted in the now infamous FCK campaign in response to the 2018 chicken supply issue. The award-winning apology advert rewrote the manual for crisis management", hte company states.
Meg Farren starts in Autumn 2022.