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Charlie Robeson

    Charlie Robeson
    Charlie Robeson
    Chief Restaurant Officer
    Charlie Robeson is currently the Chief Restaurant  Officer, responsible for all company-owned restaurants, U.S. Operations, Franchising, Development, Experience of the Future, Franchise Relations and U.S. - IT.
     
    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.

    Marion Gross

      Marion Gross
      Marion Gross
      Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, McDonald's USA
      Marion Gross serves as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, North America and U.S. Sustainability. In this position she is responsible for executing the strategic direction of McDonald’s Supply Chain organization including oversight of more than $11 billion in food and beverage, packaging, premiums and distribution for more than 15,000 restaurants across the U.S. and Canada. Her primary supply chain focus areas are talent management and performance, leadership development, quality and food safety, new product commercialization, core category strategic sourcing and cost management, field team execution and supplier diversity. In addition she leads the advancement of sustainability efforts for McDonald’s USA.
       
      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 Cunningham

        Kristy Cunningham
        Kristy Cunningham
        Senior Vice President, Strategy
        Kristy Cunningham was recently named SVP, Strategy and Insights for McDonald’s USA.  In her role, she will be responsible for bringing new strategic, consumer and analytic capabilities to the business as we set the long- term strategic direction and drive consumer-led growth.
         
        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.

        Jano Cabrera

          Jano Cabrera
          Jano Cabrera
          Senior Vice President, U.S. Communications, Global Media, and Public Relations
          Jano Cabrera serves as Corporate Senior Vice President of U.S. communications, Global Media, and Public Relations for the McDonald's Corporation. Previously, Jano served as Worldwide Vice President for Burson-Marsteller. In that capacity, he worked across various offerings - advertising, digital and social engagement, messaging research, issues and crisis management, consumer brand marketing and global strategy - to ensure the firm pursued new opportunities and services its existing
          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.

          Chris Kempczinski

            Chris Kempczinski
            Chris Kempczinski
            President, McDonald’s USA
            Committed to building a better McDonald’s for customers in the company’s largest market, Chris Kempczinski is focused on serving hot, fresh food customers feel good about eating and evolving the McDonald’s experience so it’s recognized by customers as modern and progressive.

            A strategic thinker with a deep understanding of consumers and the marketplace, Kempczinski has a proven track record of driving transformative change, which is invaluable as McDonald’s strives to bring more customers into restaurants more often.
             
            Kempczinski’s strong knowledge of the McDonald’s system and its franchising structures complement his outside perspective. He has significant experience in strategy and operations with some of the world’s leading consumer companies, including Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and most recently, Kraft Heinz.

            Before joining McDonald’s as its chief global strategist in 2016, Kempczinski was Executive Vice President of Growth Initiatives and President of Kraft International, where he oversaw Kraft’s global corporate growth agenda and was responsible for driving the business in 80 countries outside of the United States, making up roughly $3 billion in net revenue.

            Kempczinski has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in public policy and economics from Duke University.

            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.

              Silvia Lagnado

                Silvia Lagnado
                Silvia Lagnado
                Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer
                Using McDonald’s brand power to reach customers in meaningful ways, Silvia Lagnado manages our brand on a global scale.  She oversees global marketing, menu and customer insights.

                Lagnado brings significant experience setting the marketing vision for brands.  Most recently, she pioneered successful brand-building strategies as chief marketing officer of Bacardi Limited.  She also spent more than 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Unilever, including high-level experience marketing food as executive vice president of the savoury business unit.

                Regarded as a trailblazer in the marketing industry, Lagnado created Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign – one of the most awarded advertising campaigns in history.  She has also been recognized by Ad Age as one of its “100 Most Influential Women in Advertising” and by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Top 50 Women to Watch.”

                Having served as non-executive director on several boards in the UK, Brazil and the U.S., Lagnado has provided a leadership perspective in an array of industries around the world.

                Lagnado earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo.

                Jerry Krulewitch

                  Jerry Krulewitch
                  Jerry Krulewitch
                  Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
                  Focused on protecting the McDonald’s brand and values across the globe, Jerry Krulewitch oversees the company’s global legal, compliance and regulatory teams. He also works closely with McDonald’s independent Board of Directors as their liaison to senior management.  Known as a strategic partner passionate about protecting our brand and growing the business, Krulewitch challenges his teams to use their legal expertise to enable the business.
                   
                  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.

                  Robert Gibbs

                    Robert Gibbs
                    Robert Gibbs
                    Chief Communications Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations
                    Robert Gibbs draws on his background as a leading communications and policy strategist to deliver clear and compelling messages about McDonald’s. He leads McDonald’s corporate relations teams, including corporate communications, government relations and external communications. His outside perspective is a valuable asset as McDonald’s strives to become a modern, progressive burger company.

                    Having worked with reporters and policymakers from around the world, even standing on the firing line with the White House Press Corps daily for more than two years, Gibbs brings experience from the highest level of the public arena. He was Press Secretary during President Barack Obama’s first two years in office, and served as a valued advisor to the President on policy and political matters critical to the Obama Administration. His campaign experience includes key roles in Obama’s presidential campaigns and Senatorial campaign, as well as a number of Senate races throughout the country.

                    Gibbs also has a deep understanding of the public issues impacting brands. Most recently, he co-founded and led The Incite Agency, a communications firm to help companies further their business goals and enhance their reputations. He was also a contributor to NBC News and a speaker for The Harry Walker Agency, Inc., the world’s leading speakers’ agency.

                    Gibbs earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University.

                    David Fairhurst

                      David Fairhurst
                      David Fairhurst
                      Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
                      In a company powered by its people, David Fairhurst is strengthening McDonald’s position as a modern, progressive employer. Known for implementing innovative people practices, he places a high priority on training, education and leadership development.
                       
                      Fairhurst leads global human resources and training, which make up McDonald’s People function. He is committed to transforming the culture of McDonald’s so we consistently put the customer at the center of everything we do.
                       
                      Fairhurst joined McDonald’s in 2005 and has held a number of HR leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of International Human Resources and Strategy and Chief People Officer of Europe where he spearheaded HR strategy and design across 38 countries.
                       
                      Prior to joining McDonald’s, Fairhurst held senior roles leading talent functions at H J Heinz, SmithKline Beecham and Tesco.  He is a former Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and for four consecutive years (2008-2011) was voted the UK's ‘Most Influential HR Practitioner’ by readers of HR Magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the magazine’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award for an HR Practitioner.
                       
                      Fairhurst earned a bachelor’s degree from Lancaster University and a master’s degree in Strategic Human Resources Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. He has honorary doctorate degrees from Middlesex University and from Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is a visiting professor at the business school.