Washington, D.C. – 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.

“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.”

“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, Yvonne 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.

Yvonne 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. 



Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.3 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit us at Restaurant.org.

Contact: Vanessa Sink (202) 331-5900