McDonald’s Corporation has named Desiree Ralls-Morrison as the company’s new General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Morrison will be based out of the company’s Chicago office, and will oversee global legal operations and corporate governance. She will transition into her role at the end of April.
“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,” Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “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. As the leader of our Global Legal function, I’m confident that Desiree will build on the strong foundation in place to deepen our commitment to our communities, embed our values across all aspects of the System and help us further bring our Accelerating the Arches growth strategy to life.”
Ralls-Morrison most recently served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boston Scientific Corporation.
“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 Chris, the Senior Leadership Team and 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. Ralls-Morrison currently serves on the Board of Directors for DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Ralls-Morrison earned her juris doctor from Harvard Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Wesleyan University.