Mats Lederhausen
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Mats Lederhausen serves as managing director of McDonald's Ventures. McDonald's Ventures manages the investments McDonald's holds in future oriented growth initiatives including Chipotle, Boston Market and Pret A Manger.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Lederhausen began his career with McDonald's in 1979 as a part time crew member in Sweden. In 1983, he participated in the McDonald's Management Development Program and worked as a store manager from 1984 to 1985. Lederhausen worked for The Boston Consulting Group in London from 1988 to 1990, and joined McDonald's Corporation in 1999 as vice president of Corporate Strategy.

Lederhausen was named one of Crain's Chicago Business' “40 under 40” to watch in 1999 and the World Economic Forum honored him as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” in 2000. He serves on the board of the not-for-profit Business for Social Responsibility and was recently elected to serve on the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Lederhausen received a Master's degree from Stockholm School of Economics in 1988 and earned a degree in Business Administration from Bromma Gymnasium in 1982. Additionally, he served in the Swedish Marine Corps from 1982 to 1983.

organizational affiliations

Boston Consulting Group

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Broadcasts on WIE Unbound

Can Big Business Save the World?

Articles & interviews in What Is Enlightenment? magazine

You’ve Got to Hang in There