Steve Davis serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. Before joining the company in 2006, Davis worked at Yum! Brands Inc., where he had been president of Long John Silver’s and A&W All-American Food Restaurants since 2002. Previously, Davis served in a variety of operations management and other executive positions in Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut division, including senior vice president of concept development where his team introduced the Wing Street concept. Before joining Pizza Hut in 1993, he was with Kraft General Foods for nine years. His last position with Kraft was as director of marketing for All American Gourmet. Earlier in his career, he held a series of brand management positions in Kraft’s cheese business where he launched several successful new products and marketing campaigns for household brands such as Philadelphia® Brand Cream Cheese, Cheeze Whiz® and Velveeta® to name a few.
In July 2011, Davis was appointed to the Board of JobsOhio, Ohio's new private, nonprofit corporation that will lead Ohio’s job creation and economic development activities. Davis also serves as a board member of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Foundation. He is a member of the Columbus Partnership and Compete Columbus, two organizations focused on economic development strategy for the region. He is also a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable and the National Council of Chain Restaurants. He served as 2007 chair for Operation Feed, which provides food for needy families in Central Ohio. Davis is also a board member of the Walgreen Co., the nation’s largest drugstore chain, with over 7,600 locations nation-wide and was recently elected to The Business Council, the association of Chief Executive Officers of the world’s most influential business enterprises. Recently he was elected to serve as the co-chair of The Ohio State University Medical Center Fund Raising Campaign.
Davis is an Alumnus of INROADS, a not-for-profit organization that aims to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry to prepare them for corporate and community leadership. He was honored with the first INROADS National Leadership Award in March 2011. He served as chairman of the board of Summerbridge Louisville educational assistance program from 2003 to 2006 and was a board member of Turner 12, an organization that provides assistance to lower-income children to attend college, in Dallas from 2000 to 2003. Black Enterprise Magazine 2005 named Davis as one of the 75 Most Powerful Black Men in American Business and in 2010; Davis graced the cover of Who’s Who In Black Columbus.
Davis holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. In 2007, Rio Grande University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in Public Service.