John Betts, President & Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, began his career with McDonald’s in 1970 as Crew in Southampton, New York. He then held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of operations, field service, training and purchasing throughout the U.S.
Throughout his career, Mr. Betts has been recognized as an outstanding contributor to the global McDonald’s system, receiving numerous awards including the prestigious Presidents’ Award, reserved for the top 1% of McDonald’s employees globally.
In 2008, Mr. Betts took on the role of President & CEO for the Canadian business. Under his leadership, McDonald’s Canada has achieved incredible business momentum, increased annual sales and guest counts, undertook a comprehensive restaurant re-imaging program, and introduced relevant menu enhancements like McCafé – making McDonald’s a leading destination for premium coffee.
John’s passion for the McDonald’s brand, and for making it Canada’s favourite place and way to eat and drink, is brought to life by a strong focus on connecting with Canadian consumers in markets from coast to coast. McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited and its Canadian franchisees own and operate over 1,400 restaurants and employ more than 90,000 Canadians.
In recent years, John has received several industry awards recognizing this same passion for connecting with consumers. In 2013, he was honoured with the CEO of the Year in Public Relations Award from the Canadian Public Relations Society. In the same year, he was inducted into the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Hall of Legends as one of the industry’s biggest thinkers and influencers.
In addition to his role as supporter and board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities, John also sits on the Advisory Board for Catalyst Canada. John lives in Toronto with his wife Bridget and their two children.
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