McDonald’s South Africa , Chief Executive Officer
Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s South Africa, started his career as an engineer. He joined McDonald’s in 1996 where he was a project manager in the construction department. During this time he was instrumental in the building of some of the first McDonald’s restaurants across South Africa.
Greg believes that in order to lead you have to have followed. This is evident in the clear path that he took in developing his career at McDonald’s. He received cross-function exposure, education and experience across departments ranging from construction and real estate to budgeting and design. He then gained five years’ experience in McDonald’s operations where he learned the science of McDonald’s business before assuming the role of managing director at McDonald’s South Africa.
Greg leads by example and manages his business through his people, with a focus on accountability and profitability. His leadership has resulted in 5 successive years of revenue, market share and profit growth. Greg’s unwavering drive has also seen him elected as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of McDonald’s South Africa Pension and Provident Fund. Greg was also a finalist in Boss of the Year 2011 and was named the Institute of People Management CEO of the Year 2011.