Woods Staton


Executive Chairman of the Board Arcos Dorados 


Woods Staton.  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 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, 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.