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Randall Blackford

Executive Director / Chair

Randall Blackford

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Randall lived for nearly a decade in Dubai, before moving to New Zealand during the pandemic. He worked for Yum! Brands (Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell) during this time, and his last role there was as Managing Director of Pizza Hut, Middle East and Africa, where he oversaw 1,000 stores over 25 countries.


He has travelled extensively throughout the region, and really enjoyed learning about each country. He has also lived and worked in Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Randall also serves on the board of the New Zealand Culinary Arts Academy Trust, is President of the Stanford University Alumni Club New Zealand, and works extensively with Business Mentors New Zealand.

Areas of Focus

Randall can provide NZMEBC members with advice on the following:


Quick Service Restaurants

Market Entry Support

Market Entry Support



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