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McDonald’s Names Desiree Ralls-Morrison as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

The McDonald’s Corporation announced this week the appointment of a former general counsel and corporate secretary for a world leader of innovative medical solutions to assume similar duties with the popular fast-food chain.

Desiree Ralls-Morrison’s appointment as McDonald’s general counsel and corporate secretary will call for her to oversee global legal operations and corporate governance, the company said in a statement.

Ralls-Morrison, who worked for Boston Scientific Corporation in the same capacity, will begin her new job on April 26 at McDonald’s Chicago headquarters.

“McDonald’s role in communities is known throughout the world, and I am proud and humbled to be joining a company with such an immense impact,” Ralls-Morrison said. “The challenges are complex, but the opportunities are significant. I look forward to leading this talented legal team as we support the entire system to deliver on McDonald’s business priorities and its vital purpose to feed and foster communities.”

Prior to Boston Scientific Corporation, Ralls-Morrison served as general counsel and corporate secretary at Boehringer Ingelheim USA, Inc., and General Counsel of the Consumer Group at Johnson & Johnson. She currently serves on the board of directors for Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.

“I’m thrilled that Desiree is joining our team not just for the strong experience she brings, but for the values-based leadership that has defined every aspect of her career,” said Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s president and CEO. “Her commitment to leading with integrity, along with her work to support positive change in communities, will strengthen our efforts to bring our values to life across the business.”

Ralls-Morrison earned her juris doctor from Harvard Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Wesleyan University.

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