McDonald's regional VP earns inaugural WFF scholarship

April 15, 2014

Women's Foodservice Forum and The Coca-Cola Company have honored Yolanda Cook with the inaugural Chris Lowe Scholars Award. Cook is the quality, service and cleanliness vice president for McDonald's Raleigh (N.C.) region.

According to a news release, the Chris Lowe Scholars Award recognizes "high potential women" in the foodservice industry. The award is named for Chris Lowe, a Coca-Cola veteran who championed women's leadership and development at the company.

"Yolanda Cook is an inspirational leader at McDonald's who exemplifies Chris Lowe's dedication to women's advancement and the core mission of the WFF," said Kathleen Ciaramello, president, national food service & on-premise, Coca-Cola North America. "Not only has Yolanda risen to her position based on a superior skill set driven by operational results, but at the same time she has a passion for helping others develop at her company."

Cook leads one of the largest business units in the McDonald's U.S. System overseeing operations, training, technology and deployment in the Raleigh region, the release said. The region comprises of nearly 800 restaurants in six states and serves more than 1 million guests daily. She started at McDonald's as a crew member and held several mid-management positions before joining the U.S. Operations team in 2004, when she helped to deploy new products across 14,000 U.S.-based restaurants. Cook later became senior director of operations in the Chicago region before being named to her current vice president role.

Cook is also a divisional lead for McDonald's African American Council and a member of McDonald's Leadership Network.

Topics: Operations Management

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