Mahrukh Hussain

Interim General Counsel and Secretary, McDonald's USA

Mahrukh was appointed as Interim General Counsel and Secretary for McDonald’s Corporation in October 2020. In this role, she oversees the company’s global legal, compliance and regulatory functions and serves as the legal advisor to senior management and McDonald’s independent Board of Directors.

Mahrukh began her career at McDonald’s in 2000. Before being appointed as Interim General Counsel and Secretary, Mahrukh spent 20 years in various roles of increasing responsibility learning the business and challenges facing McDonald’s, including:

  1. US General Counsel (2013-2020)
  2. Europe General Counsel (2011-2013) (based in Geneva, Switzerland)
  3. Central Division General Counsel (2009-2011)
  4. Senior Counsel/Counsel, US Real Estate Practice Groups (2000-2009).

From May 2018-July 2020, Mahrukh also had the privilege of serving as Corporate Secretary for Ronald McDonald’s House Charities, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (RMHC). The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.  

During her time at McDonald’s, Mahrukh has served on a number of diversity committees, including as Executive Sponsor of the McDonald’s European Center Women’s Leadership Network, Co-Sponsor of the Central Division Asia-Pacific Middle East Employee Network, Member of the McDonald’s USA Asia-Pacific Middle East Employee Network Officer Advisory Board and as the McDonald’s Headquarters Executive Sponsor for several employee business networks.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Mahrukh spent 4 years as an Associate at the law firm of Schwartz, Cooper, Greenberger and Krauss and one year as a judicial clerk for Justice Rita Garman, currently the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Mahrukh received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, Illinois in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996.