Ann Wahlgren

Ann Wahlgren

VP, Global Menu Strategy, McDonald's

Ann is Vice President, Global Menu Strategy at McDonald’s Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for working closely with market CMOs and Menu leads to provide global guidance and alignment for our food strategy. She is responsible for the oversight of and innovation for McDonald’s iconic global products as well as identifying and scaling product innovation and capability best practices.

Since joining McDonald’s in 2004, Ann has held a variety of global positions. As Senior Director of Marketing Strategy and Planning, her focus included bringing brand management principles to the range of iconic global products that McDonald’s serves to millions of guest around the world every day. Ann also led a Global Consumer and Business Insights team, bringing the consumer perspective to a range of McDonald’s business challenges.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Ann was Senior Consultant with Ernst and Young in their retail and consumer products practice and was Vice President of Testing and Analytics at Information Resources, Inc. She has worked with many of the largest and best known companies in the retail and consumer packaged goods industries to leverage consumer insights and advanced analytics to deliver new product innovation and improve marketing efficiency that in turn have produced top line sales growth. Ann’s clients included: Hershey, Campbell’s Soup Co, Kraft, P&G, Wrigley and PepsiCo. Ann has also held marketing positions at 3M and Rand McNally.

Ann earned her MBA from the University of Illinois with a concentration in marketing and finance and holds a BA in Advertising from the University of Wisconsin. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors for YWCA Metropolitan and is an inaugural member and Ambassador of the Leading Women’s Executive program, aimed at improving and sustaining the advancement of women.