Quinlan School of Business
Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s Corporation
With a potent mix of business acumen, savvy financial practices, a clear understanding of global markets, and a passion for sustainability, Francesca DeBiase (BBA ’88) has risen to executive vice president and chief supply chain and sustainability officer at the McDonald’s Corporation, where she leads McDonald’s sustainability vision under the platform “Scale for Good.”
The organization’s values and international commitment to sustainability appealed to her and has kept her at McDonald’s for 28 years. She oversees the company’s leadership responsibility by harnessing its immense size to drive positive change around the world through its “Scale for Good” program.
As one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, McDonald’s takes its responsibility seriously, and DeBiase leads efforts to act on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today. Under her leadership, the company embraces opportunities to drive meaningful progress, and it does so by collaborating with millions of customers, employees, franchisees, suppliers, and other partners.
DeBiase also is responsible for overseeing McDonald’s global supply chain, where her team ensures that the most competitive suppliers with the right capabilities are focused on the future needs of customers. The team leverages the scale of the $40 billion it spends annually on food, packaging, logistics, toys, technology, equipment, and other services, to drive safety, quality, and sustainability across the industry.
Of her position at McDonald’s, DeBiase says, “We’re aware that we live in a world of rapid change, with continued opportunities to embed sustainability across our business. Our values of responsible leadership are even more relevant to our customers and stakeholders today, influencing our business plans more directly than ever before.”
After graduating Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics, DeBiase worked as an auditor for Chicago-based Ernst & Young. She joined McDonald’s in 1991 as a European financial analyst and continued to rise through the organization by filling various roles, including international controller training manager, European finance director, chief supply chain officer–Europe, vice president of strategic sourcing and sustainability, and now her current role. Along the way, she has lived in Munich, Vienna, and Warsaw.
A committed community partner, DeBiase is a member of the board of directors at Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business. In addition, she is a member of the Chicago Network, the Belizean Grove, and the board of governors at Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council. A passionate advocate for women, she is the global advisor to McDonald’s Women’s Leadership Network. Past affiliations have included the serving on the board of Hephzibah Children’s Association and as an executive sponsor of McDonald's Asia Pacific Middle Eastern Network, which helps ensure recruitment, retention, and development through education, engagement, and integration of Pan Asian employees at all levels of the McDonald’s System.