2013 Distinguished Alumnus
Senior Vice President, Strategy
McDonald's USA, LLC
Chris Cole is Senior Vice President of Strategy for McDonald's USA. In this role, Ms. Cole oversees special teams and relationships, including U.S. Strategy and Insights, U.S. Franchise Relations, U.S. Information Technology (USIT) and Wal-Mart.
Ms. Cole has a career of more than 30 years with McDonald's U.S. and her experience spans across the financial side of the organization. Prior to her current role, Ms. Cole held the positions of SVP and Chief Financial Officer for McDonald's USA as well as served as Controller for McDonald's Central and Southeast Divisions and led many corporate finance departments.
Ms. Cole is recognized as a leader who builds trust with peers, employees and franchisees. She previously led the System Economic Team, a partnership between the company and franchisees that addresses financial matters that affect franchisees. Ms. Cole has also received the Inaugural Women's Leadership Award and the President's Award, which is given to the top 1% of employees within the company.
Ms. Cole is active in the community and serves as a member of the Northern Illinois University Foundation Board of Directors.
Prior to joining McDonald's, Ms. Cole worked as a Certified Public Accountant at Haskins & Sells in Chicago, now Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Ms. Cole graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
Ms. Cole and her husband reside in the Chicago area.