Debbie Roberts is a Former Zone President for McDonald’s USA. In this role she leads strategy, talent and brand development to drive long-term growth for more than 7,300 McDonald’s restaurants across the Eastern United States.
Prior to her appointment as Zone President in 2014, she served as Senior Vice President/Restaurant Support Officer for the East Division of McDonald’s USA. In partnership with the Division President, Debbie was responsible for building the business through restaurant operations for approximately 5,800 McDonald’s restaurants.
Prior to her appointment as RSO, Debbie served as Vice President, General Manager for the Midwest Region.
Beginning her career with McDonald’s as a Staff Accountant in 1990, Debbie transitioned into the marketing field, and ultimately to Senior Marketing Director for the Central Division. In 2004, she was chosen for the McDonald’s Accelerated Operations Program, which offers participants an opportunity to rotate through various operations positions to gain specific knowledge about a variety of field functions. While in the program, Debbie moved to the frontlines of the McDonald’s business as a crewperson and worked her way up from Restaurant Manager to Vice President/General Manager of the Midwest Region, where she was responsible for the performance of 704 restaurants in nine states.
Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is an alumna of the Leadership at McDonald’s Program (LAMP), and in 2013 she completed the McDonald’s Global Leadership Development Program. Debbie has received numerous company awards including the coveted People Award and the prestigious President’s Award, which honors the top 1% of McDonald’s performers.
Debbie’s community and industry involvement includes membership in the Women’s Food Service Forum, The Executive Leadership Council and serving on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst. In addition, she is an executive sponsor of the McDonald’s Women’s Leadership Network.
Debbie and her husband Warren have one daughter, Delaney and reside in Chicago.