Leadership

Corporate

Chris Kempczinski
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lucy Brady
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development
Francesca DeBiase
Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer
Jerry Krulewitch
Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary
Kevin Ozan
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mason Smoot
Senior Vice President, Strategic Alignment and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO
Daniel Henry
Executive Vice President, Global CIO
Piotr Jucha
Senior Vice President, Global Restaurant Development & Restaurant Solutions Group
Colin Mitchell
Senior Vice President, Global Marketing
Michael Gonda
Vice President, Global Communications

Regional

Joe Erlinger
President, McDonald's USA
Ian Borden
President, International Developmental Licensed Markets

Corporate

chris kempczinski
chris kempczinski

Chris Kempczinski President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris Kempczinski is President and CEO of McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant company. He previously served as President of McDonald’s USA, where he was responsible for the business operations of approximately 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the United States. 

He first joined McDonald’s in 2015, overseeing global strategy, business development and innovation. In that role, he served the business units and franchisees by identifying new ideas and best practices to accelerate their growth and grow the overall value of the system. 

Before joining McDonald’s, Chris was Executive Vice President of growth initiatives and President of Kraft International.

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lucy brady
lucy brady

Lucy Brady Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development

With an eye toward delivering a modern, progressive customer experience and strong shareholder returns, Lucy Brady oversees strategy, planning and business development for McDonald’s. She focuses on identifying new ideas and best practices that will meet and exceed customer expectations and accelerate business growth.

Brady brings a wealth of experience advising some of the world’s largest consumer, retail and franchise businesses. She has spent more than 20 years driving consumer-centered growth strategies and spearheading initiatives to improve business performance.

Brady previously worked at Boston Consulting Group where she was a senior partner and an active member of the consumer and the marketing, sales and pricing practices. She was also a passionate people team leader, serving as recruiting lead in North America and a leader on the Diversity and Inclusion Council and Women@BCG teams. 

Prior to BCG, Brady worked in brand management at General Mills and as an assistant portfolio manager at the real estate firm Trammell Crow Ventures. 

Brady has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she finished in the top ten percent of her class. She has an undergraduate degree in finance and economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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francesca debiase
francesca debiase

Francesca DeBiase Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer

Francesca DeBiase leads the revitalization of McDonald’s sustainability vision under the platform of Scale for Good. Scale for Good demonstrates McDonald’s responsibility to take action on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today, driving meaningful industry-wide change with the support of our franchisees and suppliers.

Francesca is also responsible for overseeing Global Supply Chain. Her team’s role is to ensure the most competitive suppliers with the right capabilities are focusing on the future needs of our customers. The team leverages the scale of our $40 billion spend in food, packaging, logistics, toys, technology, equipment and other services, while driving safety, quality and sustainability leadership in the industry.

Since joining McDonald’s in 1991, Francesca has held numerous management roles in Supply Chain and Finance in the U.S. and internationally.

Francesca is a member of the Board of Governors at the Metropolitan Planning Council and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. She is also a strong advocate for women and is the Global Advisor to McDonald’s Women’s Leadership Network and a member of The Chicago Network.

She began her career with Ernst & Young and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics from Loyola University Chicago. She currently resides in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband and daughter.

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jerry krulewitch
jerry krulewitch

Jerry Krulewitch Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary

Before becoming Corporate General Counsel and Secretary in 2017, Krulewitch spent fifteen years becoming well-versed in the challenges facing McDonald’s in various leadership positions with increasing responsibilities, including: Vice President, Litigation (2002-2005), Senior Vice President, General Counsel – Americas (2005-2011), and, most recently, Senior Vice President, Global Legal Operations (2011-2017). 

During his tenure with McDonald’s, Krulewitch has leveraged his significant litigation experience to lead McDonald’s through various brand challenges related to McDonald’s core business.  In addition, he played a leadership role for two of the most significant franchising transactions in McDonald’s history by driving the strategy, selection of and negotiation with key strategic partners to franchise almost 4,000 restaurants in China, Hong Kong and Latin America.  Krulewitch provides thoughtful insight based upon his positions on the Boards of Directors for various organizations, including the Board of Metropolitan Family Services as well as the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago.

Krulewitch was a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn and spent a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois prior to joining McDonald’s.

Krulewitch earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Illinois in Accounting and a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law.

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kevin ozan
kevin ozan

Kevin Ozan Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Ozan works to position McDonald’s for long-term, enduring success. He sets financial direction and develops strategies designed to drive sustained, profitable growth for the company and enhance value for shareholders. He oversees the appropriate allocation of resources throughout the company and, at the same time, effectively manages risk through strong controls and fiscal discipline.

In his role, Ozan runs McDonald’s accounting, internal audit, treasury, tax, global business services and investor relations functions. He has broad experience through a variety of financial roles across the global business, including senior-level positions in the company's finance, investor relations and accounting departments, with assignments in both the U.S. and Europe. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller.

Prior to joining McDonald’s in 1997, he worked for 11 years in Ernst & Young’s audit and mergers and acquisitions practices.

Ozan serves on the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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mason smoot
mason smoot

Mason Smoot Senior Vice President, Strategic Alignment and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO

As strategic alignment lead and Chief of Staff for the Office of the CEO, Mason works closely with McDonald's most senior leaders to drive the brand's most significant strategies across 36,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. He also recently expanded his responsibilities as he built out our first global Transformation Office. Under his leadership, this relatively new function at McDonald's has been designed to create visibility and transparency into the most critical initiatives for McDonald's future growth.

Previously, Mason led strategy and measurement, talent management, and benefits and compensation as Vice President, Human Resources for McDonald's USA.

A 23-year McDonald's veteran, Mason led McDonald's New York Metro Region for six years as General Manager. He was responsible for leading more than 620 restaurants, owned and operated by more than 140 franchisees in one of the world's most dynamic global markets.

Mason's many years of experience in various roles have given him a strong first-hand perspective of the McDonald's business and the market's influence on customers' perception of the McDonald's brand. Mason began his career with McDonald's in 1994. His experience has spanned disciplines including human resources, franchising, operations and field service. In 2001, he was promoted to Vice President for the Pittsburgh Region, where he was responsible for the operations of more than 400 restaurants from Rochester, NY to Southern West Virginia. In 2006, Mason became the Vice President, Operations of the New York Metro Region, where he was subsequently promoted in 2007 to General Manager.

Mason has received numerous accolades for his ability to drive the business and his commitment the brand and our people. These include internal recognition such as the President's Award and East Division People Award, as well as external recognition, namely the Greater Red Bank NAACP Corporate Leadership Award.

Prior to joining McDonald's, Mason served as a Military Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Army. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University.

A proud family man, Mason and his wife, Toni, reside in Lake Forest, IL.

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daniel henry
daniel henry

Daniel Henry Executive Vice President, Global CIO

Daniel Henry is Executive Vice President and Global CIO for McDonald’s Corporation. He is responsible for the global technology portfolio at McDonald’s, ranging from our restaurant and digital technologies to the infrastructure and technology platforms that support our business. Henry also has oversight over the Global Technology Project Management Office and Information Security. His role includes management of strategic providers, which will bring more innovative restaurant and digital technology to the McDonald’s system at an even faster pace.

He works alongside McDonald’s senior leadership and leaders in markets around the world to ensure alignment on the support of the Velocity Growth Plan and how it is brought to life in restaurants through technology.

Henry has more than 20 years of experience in large-scale product development/management, ecommerce, application development, architecture, infrastructure and operations. Prior to joining McDonald’s, he was at American Airlines and responsible for all customer-facing technologies from the airline’s eCommerce platform, loyalty platform, call center platform, airport solutions, mobile app, and kiosks. He was also responsible for American’s enterprise data and enterprise architecture strategy.

Henry earned a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University, where he played football.

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piotr jucha
piotr jucha

Piotr Jucha Senior Vice President, Global Restaurant Development & Restaurant Solutions Group

Shaping the future of McDonald’s restaurants, Piotr leads the Restaurant Solutions Group.

Under his leadership, Piotr’s team is responsible for real estate strategy and analytics for restaurant development, and bringing new restaurant design solutions to the global McDonald's System. Additionally, he oversees operation standards and deployment of various initiatives across markets.

During the span of his 25+ year career at McDonald’s, Piotr has held several roles, most recently serving as Vice President of Global Restaurant Development.

Since beginning his career at McDonald’s Poland in 1992, Piotr’s leadership roles have included Regional Vice President – Central Europe (2014-2015), European Vice President – Development (2012-2013), and Managing Director in Poland (2005-2012). Prior to his role as Managing Director, he held the position of Operations Director for McDonald’s Central Europe (2004-2005).

Piotr graduated from The Silesian University of Technology with his Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering. He also holds an MBA from the University of Calgary.

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colin mitchell
colin mitchell

Colin Mitchell Senior Vice President, Global Marketing

Colin is responsible for coordinating the brand vision, marketing and customer experience efforts for one of the world’s most iconic brands. He oversees a team focused on driving modernization— through Creative Excellence, Visual Identity, and Menu Innovation and Consumer and Business Insights— for a business that spans 36,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Colin was with Ogilvy & Mather, most recently as the Worldwide Head of Planning and a member of the Worldwide Operating Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the network repeatedly earned global recognition as the "Most Effective Agency Network." Under the Ogilvy banner, Colin worked on campaigns for major brands, including IBM, Coca-Cola, Cisco, BP, Morgan Stanley and BlackRock.

Colin is a former Board Member of the Advertising Educational Foundation and Advertising Research Foundation. He has written on brand matters for the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Advertising Age and Kellogg on Branding, and has presented at venues such as the Advertising Week Conference and the BRITE Conference at Columbia Business School.

He is a graduate of the Kellogg CMO Program and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Birmingham.

Colin, his wife, and their three children reside in Chicago, IL.

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michael gonda
michael gonda

Michael Gonda, Vice President, Global Communications

Michael is responsible for setting integrated communications strategies that advance the message of the brand and drive business impact in more than 100 markets around the world. He oversees a team focused on protecting and advancing the reputation of the company through corporate communications, including media relations and financial communications; global public affairs and public policy; issues and crisis management; internal and strategic communications and communications for McDonald’s International Operated Markets and International Development Licensee Markets.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Michael served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Chobani, a leading natural food company, where he served as a member of its executive leadership team and oversaw strategic communications initiatives for the company, as well as public affairs, government relations, sustainability and the company’s philanthropic efforts.

He previously served as Vice President of Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations firm, where he supported some of the largest brands in the world through issues management and corporate communications.

Michael began his career as a reporter. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University and lives in Chicago, IL, with his wife and son.

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McDonald's USA

joe erlinger
joe erlinger

Joe Erlinger President, McDonald's USA

Joe Erlinger is President of McDonald’s USA, where he is responsible for the business operations of more than 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the United States. Most recently, he served as President, International Operated Markets, with overall responsibility for McDonald’s wholly-owned markets outside the U.S.

Joe began his McDonald’s career in Strategy and New Business Development in 2002. From there, he moved on to roles of increasing scope and responsibilities that included regional and international leadership such as Vice President & General Manager of the Indianapolis Region and Managing Director, McDonald’s Korea. In 2015, he stepped into the Chief Financial Officer role for McDonald’s High Growth Markets.

From 2016 to 2018, Joe led the High Growth segment as President. He was responsible for 6,000 McDonald’s restaurants across China, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland. During his tenure, the China and Hong Kong markets were converted to developmental licenses in the largest re-franchising transaction completed in McDonald’s history.

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International Developmental Licensed Markets

ian borden
ian borden

Ian Borden President, International Developmental Licensed Markets

Ian Borden leads McDonald’s International Developmental Licensed (IDL) Markets.  As a member of McDonald’s Senior Leadership Team, he has overall responsibility for over 80 markets – most of which are developmentally licensed – around the world.

Reporting directly to Ian are the five business unit leaders responsible for Asia, Japan, Middle East & Africa, Europe and Latin America that oversee the geographic groupings of these markets. These markets include Brazil, China, India and Philippines that represent the majority of McDonald’s new restaurant growth globally.

Ian has deep experience in collaborating with franchisees in markets at all stages of development around the world to drive growth and performance.

Ian spent the last 25 years at McDonald’s leading markets and functions globally. Previously, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, which consisted of more than 10,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 39 countries.

Ian served as the Regional Vice President of Europe’s East Division and was also previously the division’s Chief Financial Officer. Ian also spent time as Managing Director of McDonald’s Ukraine, where he grew guest counts to the highest level per restaurant in the system while driving significant improvements in profitability.

He held roles of increasing responsibility with McDonald’s Russia: beginning as Director of Accounting, then becoming Controller and finally Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was a key member of the markets senior leadership team.

Ian began his McDonald’s career in the finance department in McDonald’s Canada.

Ian is a certified Chartered Accountant and graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He and his wife reside in Singapore with their two sons.

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