Mr. Staton is our Executive Chairman. He was our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2007 through October 2015. Mr. Staton holds an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University in Atlanta. As McDonald’s joint venture partner, Mr. Staton opened the first McDonald’s restaurant in Argentina in 1986 and later served as President of McDonald’s South Latin America Division. He founded Arcos Dorados in 2007 when he led a consortium of investors in the purchase of McDonald’s operations in Latin America. Mr. Staton is co-founder of Endeavor Argentina, an organization for promoting entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Latin America Advisory Board of Harvard Business School and is also a Board Member of the IMD Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland. In addition, he serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is also on the Chairman’s International Advisory Council of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.
Chief Executive Officer
Marcelo Rabach is our Chief Executive Officer since July 1, 2019. Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief Operating Officer since August 2015, Divisional President for NOLAD since 2013, Vice President of Operations Development since 2012 and Divisional President in Brazil since 2008. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in 2002. He began his career at McDonald’s Argentina in 1990 and has over 17 years of line operations experience, starting as a crew employee and steadily advancing into larger operational roles. From 1999 until his appointment as McDonald’s Chief Operating Officer in Venezuela in 2005, Marcelo was responsible for the operations, real estate, construction, human resources, local store marketing, and training and franchising of a region within Argentina, holding the positions of Operations Manager and Operations Director. He was the Chief Operating Officer in Venezuela from 2005 until 2008.
Chief Operating Officer
Luis Raganato is our Chief Operating Officer since July 1, 2019. Prior to his appointment as such, he was the Divisional President for the Caribbean division and, before that, the General Director of Arcos Dorados in Peru. Luis began his career at Arcos Dorados in 1991 as a Trainee in the Nuevocentro Shopping location in the province of Córdoba, Argentina and has held various positions in Operations Management over the years. Luis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Instituto Aeronáutico de Argentina and a Master’s degree in Marketing and Business Development from Escuela Superior de Estudios de Marketing de Madrid.
Chief Financial Officer
Mariano Tannenbaum is our Chief Financial Officer. He joined Arcos Dorados in 2008 and has held several positions at the corporate level, with his last position being Senior Director of Corporate Finance. Previously, Mariano had a long international career in Europe and the United States. He worked for the IFG Group, a Swiss private bank, for Tyco International in Switzerland and Princeton, New Jersey and for Sabre Holdings in London. He began his career working for an economic consulting firm in Argentina as well as for the Argentine government, as part of the Ministry of Treasury and Public Finances. Mariano has an economics degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, a Master’s in finance from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and an MBA with a concentration in finance from the London Business School.
VP of Government Relations
Ambassador Marlene Fernandez is Corporate Vice President for Government Relations. Prior to joining Arcos Dorados in 2009, she served as an elected Member of the House of Representatives in Bolivia where she held various Congressional leadership positions. She also served as Ambassador of Bolivia to the United States of America, Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Ambassador to the Government of Italy and Concurrent Ambassador to Greece and Jamaica. She also was the Representative of Bolivia to FAO and the WFP, specialized agencies of the United Nations. Earlier in her career, she was CNN Spanish Bureau Chief and Main Political Correspondent in Washington, D.C.. Ms. Fernandez holds a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Universidad Argentina John. F. Kennedy and has taken professional courses in Finance for Executives, Strategic Communications, Conflict Resolution and Negotiations in Conflict at Harvard University. Ms. Fernandez holds numerous awards in journalism, such as the National Headliner Award, and was recognized by the Senate of the United States and other organizations for “outstanding Diplomatic work and achievement”.
Divisional President Brazil
Paulo Camargo was appointed Divisional President for Brazil in October 2015. Prior to Paulos’s promotion, he served as Vice President of Operations for the Brazil Division for four years. Paulo has over 20 years of experience in the consumer, retail and services industry. He has worked for companies such as PepsiCo, FASA Corporation and Iron Mountain across a variety of geographies. Before joining Arcos Dorados in 2011, he was President of the Spain Division at Iron Mountain. Paulo has a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from Mackenzie University in São Paulo, and also holds an MBA from IEDE Business School in Spain. He has undertaken executive training at Harvard Business School in the United States, Henley Business School in England and the IESE Business School in Spain.
Divisional President SLAD
Alejandro Yapur was appointed Divisional President of SLAD in July 2013. He began his career in 1986 as a crew member at the first McDonald’s restaurant in Argentina and had the opportunity to serve as Manager in the Marketing, Operations and Corporate Communications areas of Arcos Dorados in Argentina. In 2005 he was promoted to Managing Director of Uruguay and in 2007 became responsible for the Company’s Chilean operations. In 2011, Alejandro became Regional Managing Director for the Southern Cone Region (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) until 2013 when he was promoted to his current position. He graduated from the Universidad de Estudios Empresariales in Buenos Aires and subsequently went on to earn a Master’s degree in Communications from Universidad Austral.
Divisional President NOLAD
Rogério Barreira was appointed Divisional President for NOLAD in October 2015. Prior to Rogério’s promotion, he served as Vice President of Operations for the Brazil Division for four years. Rogério has over 32 years of experience in Arcos Dorados, acting in different key positions role in Brazil. Rogério has a Master in Business Administration from Foundation Getulio Vargas in Brazil and, and also holds a degree in Marketing and Business Planning from Anhembi-Morumbi University in Brazil.
Divisional President Caribbean
Francisco Staton is our Divisional President for the Caribbean division since July 1, 2019 and has also been a member of our board of directors since April 2018. Prior to his recent appointment, Mr. Francisco Staton was Arcos Dorados’ Managing Director for Colombia, Aruba, Curaçao and Trinidad & Tobago. He joined the Arcos Dorados executive team in 2013 as Senior Manager of Business Development for our NOLAD Division. Prior to serving as Senior Manager of Business Development for our NOLAD Division, he held different operating roles within the organization and also worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group office in Buenos Aires. He completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University in 2003, and subsequently earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2010. He has served on the board of Princeton in Latin America since 2015. Mr. Francisco Staton is the son of our Executive Chairman, Woods Staton.
VP of Development
Sebastian Magnasco is our Vice President of Development and served, prior to his appointment as such, in the same capacity in SLAD. He graduated with a degree in Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico Buenos Aires, in 1990. He began his career at McDonald’s in 1994 and held the positions of Real Estate & Equipment Director of Argentina and IT, Real Estate and Equipment Director of Argentina until his appointment as Vice President of Development of SLAD in 2005.
Chief Marketing & Digital Officer
Santiago Blanco assumed the position of Chief Marketing & Digital Officer in March 2019, reaching Arcos Dorados after a successful professional career, primarily at the Coca-Cola Company, where he held positions within the Marketing and Operations areas in Mexico, United States, Japan and South America. He then continued his career in other industries and for the past two years he has served as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Alsea, a multi-brand restaurant and cafeteria operating company. Santiago holds a degree in Marketing from the Tecnológico de Monterrey and an MBA from the University of Texas - Austin.
VP of Human Resources
Diego Benenzon is our Vice President for Human Resources. He joined the Company in April 2008 as a SLAD HR Talent and Development Director and has over ten years’ experience in leadership positions at Citibank where he was Vice President of Human Resources before joining the Company. Prior to Citibank Diego was a human resources consultant at Roland Berger International. He has also served as a senior consultant to various large companies and NGOs and has teaching experience. Diego graduated with a degree in psychology from Universidad John F. Kennedy and holds a postgraduate degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
VP of Supply Chain
José Valledor is our Vice President of Supply Chain. Prior to his appointment as such, he was Divisional President in Brazil. He joined us in 1990 as an assistant in the accounting department, and four years later he became Manager of that department. In 2005, he became Regional Operations Director, responsible for the markets of Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Two years later, he became Argentina’s General Director while continuing to supervise the market operations in Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay. José has a degree in Business Administration and a postgraduate degree from the Instituto de Altos Estudios (IAE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
VP of Investor Relations
Daniel Schleiniger, is our Vice President of Investor Relations. He joined Arcos Dorados originally in February 2014 and, after leaving us for fifteen months to serve as VP of Investor Relations for BrightView Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BV), Dan rejoined the Company in January 2020. Prior to joining Arcos Dorados in 2014, he worked for fourteen years in South Florida, for the Cisneros Group of Companies in a number of roles, including Senior Manager of Investor Relations, Director of Corporate Financial Planning and Vice President and Treasurer. Dan’s experience also includes equity research at Morgan Stanley in New York, corporate banking with Unibanco in São Paulo and consulting work for Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates in Philadelphia. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry as well as an MBA with a concentration in finance, both from the University of Delaware.
VP of Corporate Communications
David Grinberg is our Vice President of Corporate Communications. David joined Arcos Dorados in 2010, after leading the Communications area in Samsung and Nike, to serve as Sports Marketing Manager and, later, as Corporate Communications Director, Brazil Division. He focuses on the protection of the company’s reputation through integrated communication strategies, as well as crisis management and consumer relations. He is also responsible for the financial communication and the relationship with investor communities and market analysts. With over 20 years of experience in communications, he was appointed “Communicator of the Year” by the Brazilian Association of Business Journalism in 2017, “Sports Marketing Professional of the Year” by the magazine Medio & Mensaje in 2015 and received the Arcos Dorados´ “President’s Award” in 2013. David holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Social Communication from the FIAM and a Master´s Degree in Corporate Communication from the Fundación Cásper Líbero.
Chief Technology Officer
Marco is from Guatemala and holds a successful 30-year professional career in the restaurant industry. Most of this time he spent in the McDonald’s system, when since 1997 has been holding different leadership positions in the Mesoamerica markets, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. Marco has a degree in industrial engineer from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and holds a MBA from the Pontificia Universidad Católica, in Chile.