Alasdair Murdoch is to leave his role as chief executive of Pizza Hut UK, M&C Report understands. Murdoch, who does not have a new role to go to, is currently conducting a handover with his successor Jens Hofma, who is moving across from his role as chief executive of KFC Germany & Holland. Both Pizza Hut and KFC are owned by Yum! Brands, the US-based global giant. It is thought that Murdoch decided to leave the group after rejecting a promotion to an international role because he did not want to relocate his family. He has been in his current position for just under three years and has been with Yum for the past 14 years, having previously run Pizza Hut in France and the franchise operations of KFC UK. Murdoch oversaw the introduction of a new pasta menu at Pizza Hut last year, which lifted pasta sales from 4% to 20% of the sales mix. He also oversaw the launch of Pizza Hut’s online ordering service in 2007. Before running KFC Germany & Holland Hofma was finance director of KFC UK and before that worked for McKinsey, the management consultant. Murdoch’s departure from the group comes a week after Yum appointed Micky Plant, former chief marketing officer of Reebok, to the newly created role of global branding president. He will be responsible for establishing a single brand identity for KFC and Pizza Hut globally.