Sustainable Agriculture in an Era of Climate Change

  • Addressing climate change and driving positive change in the global food system as one of the world’s biggest buyers of beef
  • Identifying priority impact areas to address through our global food system
  • Sharing sustainable practices that make sense environmentally, economically, and socially
  • Collaborating with stakeholders across the world to accelerate and continuously improve sustainability throughout the sector

Marion Gross
SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Marion Gross serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, North America. In this position she is responsible for executing the strategic direction of McDonald’s Supply Chain including the oversight of nearly $14 billion in food and beverage, equipment, packaging and premiums, and distribution for more than 15,000 restaurants across the U.S. and Canada. In this role her primary focus is developing strong teams to drive business results, in quality and food safety, strategic sourcing and cost management, logistics and supply chain integration, new product commercialization, field execution and supplier diversity.

Prior to this position, Marion was the Vice President, U.S. Field and Supply Chain Services for McDonald’s USA where she was accountable for the execution of strategic supply chain initiatives through a network of 36 distribution centers and 3PL’s with accountability for expenditures in excess of $5.2 billion annually.

Marion began her career with the McDonald’s system in 1986 at HAVI where she managed transportation and logistics, environmental affairs, packaging R&D and procurement supporting McDonald’s. She joined McDonald’s in 1993, responsible for managing the supply of several national product categories. Post earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics and Distribution from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL, Marion held distribution roles in sales and operations.

Marion was recognized by the National Diversity Council for being one of Illinois’ 2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women and has been recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the 50 most powerful women in corporate America, 2015, Most Powerful Women in Business, 2017, 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, 2018, one of the Most Powerful Woman in Corporate America in 2019, a 2019 CNN Risk Taker and a 2019 Chicago United Business Leader of Color.

Outside of McDonald’s, she actively supports causes that care for the homeless, under-served children, Special Olympics and veterans having proudly served our country. She recently served as a Director on the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana as Vice Chair and Executive Committee member, was a member of the Catalyst Board of Advisors and has served as Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.

She and her husband, Brian reside in the Chicago area.