McDonald's has promoted Marion Gross to executive vice president and global chief supply chain officer as Francesca DeBiase, a 30-year company veteran, retires from the role she has held since 2015.
"The strength and resiliency of our supply chain is a cornerstone of our competitive advantage and a mark of Francesca's leadership," said CEO Chris Kempczinski. "The strategic relationships Francesca has forged throughout the supplier community — based on transparency, inclusion, and trust — have been key to our success in creating a best-in-class supply chain. "
Kempczinski said DeBiase was an early champion of sustainable business practices and also led the fast food giant's Global Women's Leadership Network for several years.
"She has been fiercely passionate about talent development ... stewarding a culture where women have the most opportunity to succeed and grow. Generations to come will undoubtedly benefit from the impact of her leadership," he said.
Gross, who formerly held the title chief supply chain officer of North America, will join the McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD) global senior leadership team Sept. 1.
Her career at McDonald's has spanned 29 years, managing supplies in several product categories then strategic supply chain initiatives across 36 distribution centers. In her most recent position, she was responsible for executing the strategic direction of the McDonald's supply chain across the U.S. and Canada.