Alejandra Cardenas

Vice President of Human Resources

Alejandra Cardenas was named Vice President, Human Resources for Now Optics, in September 2019. In her role, she leads the human capital strategy across the organization and oversees all aspects of human resource management, practices and operations. 

Cardenas has 20 years of experience in the restaurant franchise industry all during her tenure at Yum! Restaurants International (KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell) ‒ in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, Bangkok, Thailand, and Santiago, Chile markets. She held progressive human resources roles including Generalist, Field Leader, Manager, and Associate Director. 

In her most recent position as Associate Director, Human Resources/People Capabilities for KFC (Bangkok, Thailand), she led the human resources function during business transformation, designed and implemented human resources strategies and change, and spearheaded organizational design, internal restructuring, and operational solutions. 

Previously, as Human Resources and Training Manager for KFC (Latin America and the Caribbean), she led the regional strategic human resource and training agenda and directed diverse people and organizational initiatives in franchise markets. Cardenas earned a Master of Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University and a Bachelor of Arts in Translation (English, Spanish, and French) from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. 

Cardenas was born in Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city in Patagonia and enjoys traveling the world. When she’s not traveling, she takes morning power walks at the beach.