McDonald's vice president to speak at a Women of Excellence event about diversity in business

Alumnus Karen Wells began her career at McDonalds in 1992 | March 23, 2010

Karen Wells, vice president of strategy and menu for McDonald’s USA and a 1989 alumna of the Williams College of Business, is speaking on “Inclusion and Diversity in Business: A Journey of Lessons Learned” on Thursday, March 25, from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. on campus. The event is presented by the Xavier Women of Excellence and is open to the public.

Wells has more than 20 years of leadership experience in Fortune 500 companies. As vice president of strategy and menu for McDonalds USA, she is responsible for developing and communicating fully integrated, cross-functional plans to drive long-term growth while also overseeing a talented and innovative team that shapes the menu for more than 27 million customers every day.

Beginning her career with McDonald’s in 1992 as a marketing supervisor, she moved through the ranks to become Raleigh regional marketing manager. In 1997, she was selected for the McDonalds Executive Training Program and moved on to become vice president of operations, regional vice president and general manager.

Prior to McDonalds, she was a sales leader for the M&M Mars Co. and a buyer for Drackett Co.

Wells is involved with Xavier’s President’s Advisory Council and the Women of Excellence. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing from Xavier and her MBA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

Her presentation takes place in the James & Caroline Duff Banquet Center on campus. The cost per person is $25. Register online at For more information, call 513-745-3192.