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Ralph Alvarez

Born: c. 1955
Birthplace: Cuba

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: President and COO of McDonald's

Prior to joining McDonald’s, he held leadership positions at Burger King Corporation and Wendy’s International, Inc. Alvarez joined McDonald’s in 1994. He held a variety of leadership roles throughout his career, including chief operations officer and president of the central division, both with McDonald’s USA. Before joining the U.S. business, Alvarez was president of McDonald’s Mexico. From July 2004 until January 2005, he was president of McDonald’s USA, where he led a team that aligned employees, owner/operators, and suppliers behind the company’s “Plan to Win” strategy–the catalyst for the turnaround of the U.S. business. Alvarez served as president of McDonald’s North America from January 2005 until August 2006. In this role, he was responsible for all the McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Alvarez became president and chief operating officer in August 2006. He set the global strategy and directed operations for 32,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 118 countries. He led the worldwide senior management team as they drove business results to create value for McDonald’s and its shareholders. An active advocate for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Alvarez is a former president of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Mexico. He also served on the boards of McDonald’s Corporation and KeyCorp. Alvarez is a current member of the board of directors of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. He also serves on the President’s Council, the School of Business Administration Board of Overseers, and the International Advisory Board of the University of Miami.

    University: BBA, University of Miami Florida
    University: International Advisory Board, University of Miami Florida

    McDonald's President & COO (2006-09)
    McDonald's President, North America (2005-06)
    McDonald's President, USA (2004)
    McDonald's COO, USA (2003-04)
    McDonald's President, Central Division, USA (2001-02)
    McDonald's President, Mexico (2000-01)
    McDonald's Regional Director, Chipotle Mexican Grill
    McDonald's Regional VP, Sacramento Region
    McDonald's (1994-2009)
    Wendy's Corporate VP
    Wendy's Division VP, Florida
    Wendy's (1990-94)
    Burger King President, Canada
    Burger King Managing Director, Spain
    Burger King Regional VP, Florida
    Burger King (1977-89)
    Member of the Board of Eli Lilly (2009-)
    Member of the Board of KeyCorp (2005-09)
    Member of the Board of Lowe's
    Member of the Board of McDonald's (2008-09)
    National Retail Federation Board of Directors

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