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.
McDonald's is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets. Headquartered in the United States, the company began in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald; in 1948 they reorganized their business as a hamburger stand using production line principles. Businessman Ray Krocjoined the company as a franchise agent in 1955. He subsequently purchased the chain from the McDonald brothers and oversaw its worldwide growth.