Ralph Alvarez

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Ralph Álvarez
Born1955 (age 65–66)
EducationUniversity of Miami (BBA)

Ralph Álvarez (born 1955 in Cuba) is a Cuban-American businessman and the former president and Chief Operations Officer of McDonald's Corporation. Álvarez earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami in Florida.[1]

Álvarez previously served as President of McDonald's North America and before that was President of McDonald's USA and Chief Operations Officer of McDonald's USA.

He graduated from the University of Miami in 1976 with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Citing chronic knee pain, Álvarez announced his retirement from McDonald's effective December 31, 2009. He was previously rehired and given a second chance after being forced out in 1998 for having an affair with a subordinate.[2] He joined McDonald's in 1994 from Burger King Corporation and Wendy's International, Inc.[3]

As of December 2012, Álvarez now sits on the board of directors for Dunkin' Donuts.


  1. ^ "Bloomberg". Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ Neuman, William (2009-12-30). "After Ralph Alvarez Leaves McDonald's, Succession Questions". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  3. ^ "Ralph Alvarez | Eli Lilly and Company". www.lilly.com. Retrieved 2020-06-19.

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