Jack M. Greenberg
Born (1942-09-28) September 28, 1942 (age 78)
EducationDePaul University
OccupationAccountant, Business executive, President, CEO McDonald's, 1999–2002
Years active1981–2002
Spouse(s)Donna P. Greenberg
ChildrenIlyse Greenberg, Allison Orlinsky, David Greenberg

Jack M. Greenberg (born September 28, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois) was Chairman and CEO of McDonald's Corporation from 1999 through 2002, when he was replaced by James R. Cantalupo. He was promoted to CEO in 1998, succeeding Michael R. Quinlan in that role as Quinlan retained the title of Chairman.

A 21-year veteran of the company, Greenberg held the top spot during a tumultuous period, with the company suffering earnings declines in each of the last seven quarters of his tenure. As Greenberg explained, "We were going through a transition from what I call a founder's company to a modern, global enterprise. There is a cultural shift from what we were to where we want to end up."[citation needed]

A graduate of the DePaul University College of Commerce (renamed the Driehaus College of Business in 2012), Greenberg also earned a juris doctor degree from the DePaul University College of Law. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society and the Chicago Bar Association, where he served as former chairman of the federal tax committee, and was president of the board of trustees of the Chicago Bar Foundation. Greenberg is a member of the DePaul University Board of Trustees. Greenberg is currently Non-Executive Chairman and Presiding Director of The Western Union Company[citation needed].[1]

He originated the "Made for You" production system,[2] a cooking platform that facilitated a broader variety of menu offerings by allowing stores to precook meat patties and finish them to order. Previously the McDonald's chain had used a "build to stock" manufacturing process, precooking, dressing and wrapping most food prior to receiving customer orders. By postponing the finishing process (dressing and wrapping sandwiches), McDonald's could offer a wider variety of sandwich combinations without significantly increasing customer wait time.[3]

Cradles to Crayons is a national non-profit organization dedicated to serving children in need of basic necessities. In early 2016, the organization appointed Greenberg to be chairman of Cradles to Crayons Chicago, a location that he was very active in establishing. The organization also tapped Greenberg to be a member of the National Board of Directors.


Jack M. Greenberg was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State's highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2003 in the area of Business.[4]


  1. ^ "Our Board of Directors" Archived 2016-11-19 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 11 May 2016
  2. ^ Khwaja, Ameen. "McDonald's CEO to Retire", Entrepreneur, 16 December 2002. Accessed 11 May 2016.
  3. ^ Sherri Day (2002-12-06). "Chief Executive Of McDonald's Plans to Retire". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  4. ^ "Laureates by Year - The Lincoln Academy of Illinois". The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
Business positions
Preceded by
Michael R. Quinlan
CEO of McDonald's
Succeeded by
Jim Cantalupo