Executive Bio
Joe Erlinger
President, High Growth Markets
Joe Erlinger leads McDonald’s High Growth Market Segment.  In this role, he has overall responsibility for some 5,500 McDonald’s restaurants across nine key growth markets around the world -- China, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland.

Joe began his McDonald’s journey in 2002 in Strategy and New Business Development. He quickly advanced through the ranks to become Senior Director & Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation.  He then took on regional leadership roles with increasing responsibilities for McDonald’s USA, culminating with him being named Vice President & General Manager of the Indianapolis Region comprising more than 600 restaurants across six states.  

Taking on his first international assignment in 2013, Joe became Managing Director of McDonald’s Korea, a position he held until he became Chief Financial Officer of McDonald’s High Growth Markets in 2015. 

Prior to McDonald’s, Joe worked in finance with AT&T Corporation.  He also held numerous positions within the US management consulting industry. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, with a degree in Finance.
Joe is a Vice Chairman of the AMCHAM Korea Board of Governors and Board Member of Ronald McDonald House Charities - Korea.  He and his wife reside in Seoul, Korea with their three children.
Joe Erlinger
President, High Growth Markets
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