Steve Easterbrook has been President and CEO of the world’s largest restaurant company since 2015.
Easterbrook sparked the brand’s recent turnaround by refocusing on the fundamentals of running great restaurants and taking smart risks to address what matters most to customers – quickly. Together with franchisees, suppliers and employees, McDonald’s has built on that foundation to drive operating growth, power a brand with both local and global relevance and enhance financial value across 36,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.
Since joining McDonald’s in 1993 as a Financial Reporting Manager in London, Easterbrook has held numerous leadership roles. He has served as CEO of McDonald’s UK, President of McDonald’s Europe and most recently, Global Chief Brand Officer. In addition to his more than 20 years with McDonald’s, Easterbrook briefly led two UK-based restaurant chains, PizzaExpress LTD and Wagamama Limited, giving him a broader industry perspective and deeper understanding of consumer preferences.
Easterbrook is a certified accountant and served as a visiting fellow of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation. He has a degree in natural sciences from Durham University, where he played cricket.