With more than 20 years at McDonald’s, Borden brings extensive experience leading markets and functions across the globe. He was most recently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, which consisted of more than 10,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 84 countries.
Among other roles, Borden served as Regional Vice President and previously as Chief Financial Officer of Europe’s East Division. He also spent time as Managing Director of McDonald’s Ukraine, where he grew guest counts to the highest level per restaurant in the system and sped McDonald’s expansion in the country. Previously, he held roles of increasing responsibility with McDonald’s Russia: beginning as Director of Accounting, then becoming Controller, then Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Borden began his McDonald’s career in the finance department in McDonald’s Canada.
Borden is a certified Chartered Accountant and graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
With McDonald’s for nearly four decades, Goare most recently served as President of McDonald’s Europe, working with the market management teams, together with their franchisees, suppliers and employees, to improve the experience for our customers at nearly 8,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 39 countries. He also served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Supply Chain and Development.
Goare brings broad knowledge of the business, including an in-depth understanding of McDonald’s restaurants. His career has spanned multiple continents, with roles in the U.S. too – in operations, general management and finance. He also established the company’s first accounting center in Columbus, Ohio.
Goare is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University.
Joe Erlinger leads McDonald’s High Growth Market segment. As a member of McDonald’s Senior Leadership Team, he has overall responsibility for 6,000 McDonald’s restaurants across nine key growth markets around the world – China, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland.
Joe began his McDonald’s journey in 2002 in Strategy and New Business Development. He quickly advanced through the ranks to become Senior Director & Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation. He then took on regional leadership roles with increasing responsibilities for McDonald’s USA, culminating with him being named Vice President & General Manager of the Indianapolis Region comprising more than 600 restaurants across six US states.
Taking on his first international assignment in 2013, Joe became Managing Director of McDonald’s Korea, a position he held until he became Chief Financial Officer of McDonald’s High Growth Markets in 2015.
Before joining McDonald’s, Joe worked in finance with AT&T Corporation. He held numerous positions within the US management consulting industry. He is also a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC with a degree in Finance.
From 2013 to 2017, Joe was a governor of the American Chamber of Commerce Korea Board of Governors (Vice Chair from 2015 to 2017) and Board Member of Ronald McDonald House Charities Korea. He and his wife reside in London, England with their three children.
As a member of the McDonald’s U.S. Leadership Team, Flatley will play an integral role in the advancing the company’s Bigger, Bolder Vision 2020 growth strategies and overall brand positioning. Specifically, she will be responsible for leading, developing and overseeing execution of fully integrated marketing plans to drive and sustain long-term growth for McDonald’s USA, while expanding and strengthening partnerships externally and internally with franchisees, suppliers and agency partners.
Prior to this role, Flatley served as SVP, Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo’s Global Nutrition Group, where she was responsible for accelerating growth globally for PepsiCo’s flagship nutrition brands – Quaker, Tropicana and Naked. Flatley oversaw the long-term innovation agenda and brand positioning and equity along with efforts to build PepsiCo’s position as a nutrition-led food and beverage company.
Before joining the Global Nutrition Group, Flatley was Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo’s iconic Gatorade brand, and was responsible for shaping marketing efforts to drive its U.S. commercial agenda, leading a team to ensure that every consumer touch point – creative, product, digital, design, retail and experiential – was tightly integrated and true to the purpose of fueling athletic performance. She was also responsible for Gatorade’s long-term innovation pipeline and helped broaden the brand’s offerings to include more performance nutrition options, athlete services and streamlined packaging. During her tenure, Gatorade saw a return to multi-year growth.
Flatley is the architect behind some of Gatorade’s most celebrated marketing campaigns, including Cannes Gold Lion winner and epic farewell tribute to Derek Jeter, “Made in New York”, and CLIO Sports Grand Clio in Social Media for “Super Bowl Snapchat Dunk.” As a result of her leadership and achievements, Flatley has been widely recognized with awards across the industry. Most recently, she was recognized as one of Ad Week’s “30 Most Powerful Women in Sport”, and on Brand Innovators “Top 100 Women in Brand Marketing” list, as well as being named Chicago Advertising Federation’s “2016 Advertising Woman of the Year.” She was also awarded the accolade of Adweek’s 2015 Grand Brand Genius, the publication’s most prestigious award, was selected as a 2015 Sports Business Journal “Game Changer,” and was named one of Ad Age’s 2014 “Women to Watch.”
Prior to Gatorade, Flatley worked on Pepsi’s music platform and at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York where she began honing her skill for developing consumer-led and insight-driven marketing programs.
Flatley is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School, and sits on the board of both the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Women’s Justice Initiative for Guatemala, which is dedicated to preventing and addressing gender-based violence. Flatley is a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Flatley currently resides in Chicago with her husband and three children.
Prior to his current position, he was Vice President and Assistant Controller of McDonald’s Corporation for five years. He also spent a year as Senior Director of Investor Relations, where he was responsible for keeping investors and analysts informed and enthusiastic about McDonald’s.
Mr. Soenke’s career background also includes two years as an Internal Audit Supervisor, two years as an APMEA Finance Director, and a collective 13 years in various roles within the U.S. Business. Two key experiences within the U.S. business include five years as the Regional Controller of the former Los Angeles Region and five years as the Finance Director and then Finance Officer of the Central Division. Mr. Soenke participated in the 2005/2006 Leadership at McDonald’s Program.
Prior to working at McDonald’s he worked at Ernst & Young for four years in their audit practice. He has his undergraduate degree in accounting from North Central College.
Mr. Soenke lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Mariann, and their four children.
Charlie is known for his focus on excellence, expertise and maximizing his team’s potential through consistent execution. Charlie challenges his team to “better their best” as they live out the Company’s values while driving results.
Robeson began his career with McDonald’s as a crewperson in Dayton, Ohio 40 years ago and has served in a variety of roles including Restaurant Manager, Area Supervisor, Operations Consultant, Field Service Manager, Director of Operations, Quality, Service and Cleanliness Vice President. Charlie was the Vice President & General Manager of the Florida Region for seven years until he joined the West Division in 2011. From 2011-2014 he was the Senior Vice President & Restaurant Support Officer of the West Division for McDonald’s USA, which is located in Scottsdale, Arizona where he oversaw the operations for more than 4,300 restaurants in the Western third of the United States, representing nearly $10 billion in sales.
Robeson is an active leader. He lives and teaches the model of customer above all else. He serves as the sponsor for the company’s Leadership Communication Program and is a long-term member of the System Economic Team and serves on various People and Diversity teams.
Charlie and his wife Patti have three children and one granddaughter. In addition to spending time with his family, Charlie enjoys riding motorcycles, playing golf and exercising.
Prior to this position, Marion was the Vice President, U.S. Field and Supply Chain Services for McDonald’s USA where she was accountable for the execution of strategic supply chain initiatives through a network of 36 distribution centers. Marion also managed McDonald’s Supplier Diversity Program and was accountable for coordinating food, packaging and premium expenditures of more than $5.2 billion annually.
Marion began her career with the McDonald’s system in 1986 as a HAVI employee where she managed transportation, logistics and packaging procurement. She joined McDonald’s in 1993, managing a number of national product categories including dairy, potatoes, bakery, uniforms, eggs, consumer packaging, Happy Meal® toys and promotional products as well as new products.
Marion is the recipient of several professional awards. She is a graduate of the “Leadership at McDonald’s” program geared to accelerate the development of high potential leaders and is a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow, class of 2012. She was honored by the McDonald’s Woman’s Leadership Network with a leadership award and received the Supply Leadership Board of Excellence Award. Recently Marion was recognized by the National Diversity Council for being one of Illinois’ 2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women. Marion earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Transportation and Physical Distribution from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.
Marion is a member of the McDonald’s African American employee network and actively mentors future leaders. Outside of McDonald’s, she gives back to the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and by providing support and resources to charitable organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities, Hesed House, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and others.
She and her husband, Brian, reside in the Chicago area.
Kristy comes to us from Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company that owns and operates
1,300 convenience stores on the East Coast and also operates as the largest Dunkin Donuts franchise in the country. In her role, she led the retail organization to leverage best-in-class consumer insights and analytics to drive product innovation and improve loyalty, traffic, sales and margins. Prior to that, she spent 13 years at Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, as a partner in their Retail and Consumer Products Practice, working with dozens of leading retailers across the country.
Cunningham began her career at Price Waterhouse as a Principal in the Consulting practice focused on large- scale systems integration. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard University.
Kristy and her husband Tom have two kids, Michelle and Katie.
clients in an integrated, strategic and ideas-driven way.
Prior to joining Burson--Marsteller, Jano founded Carthage Group Communications, a strategic communications and issue advocacy firm. Among others, the firm advised the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Grameen Bank and America Votes, the nation’s then largest political action organization.
In 2005, Jano lived in Baghdad, Iraq and through the National Democratic Institute worked daily with members of the Transition National Assembly on the Iraqi constitution and the historic elections in December.
During the 2004 campaign, Jano served as the Communication Director for the Democratic Party. During the primaries, he was the national spokesman for the Joe Lieberman for President campaign. He also served as a national spokesman for former Vice-President Al Gore from 1998 to 2002, working at the White House, on Gore’s
2000 presidential campaign and for Gore’s political action committee, Leadership ‘02,
during the 2002 midterms. Prior to presidential politics, Jano worked on Capitol Hill.
Jano also served as the Communications Director for the Recording Industry Association of America during the Napster trial and their transition into the digital marketplace.
He serves on the board of directors for Results for Development, a non-profit that is focused on unlocking solutions to tough development challenges that prevent people in developing countries from realizing their full potential. Jano is a graduate of Pomona College, where he earned his degree in Politics.