Álvarez previous served as President of McDonald's North America and prior to that was President of McDonald's USA and Chief Operations Officer of McDonald's USA.
Citing health reasons, Álvarez announced his retirement from McDonald's effective December 31, 2009.
As of December 2012, Alvarez now sits on the board of directors for Dunkin' Donuts.
- Ralph Álvarez biography at McDonalds.com.
- Ralph Álvarez profile in Forbes magazine.
- "He's lovin' it: the Ralph Álvarez story", Latino Leaders magazine.
- Ralph Álvarez profile at NNDB.