Costa Mesa grilled chicken chain El Pollo Loco Inc. appointed a former executive of fast-food chain operator Yum! Brands Inc. to be its chief financial officer.

Larry Roberts officially joined the company on Monday and comes to El Pollo Loco after more than 20 years at Yum! Brands, which owns the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell chains.

Roberts was most recently chief operating officer of Yum's KFC business.

He has also held the position of KFC divisional chief financial officer and Pizza Hut United Kingdom chief financial officer.

Roberts succeeds former El Pollo Loco Chief Financial Officer Gary Campanaro.

The company, which totals nearly 400 restaurants in California and neighboring states, had systemwide sales of $607 million last year, up 9% from a year earlier.