Woods Staton


Executive Chairman of the Board Arcos Dorados 


Woods Staton is the Executive Chairman of Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO), the world's largest McDonald's franchisee. Arcos Dorados employs more than 100,000 people across 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and is often recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Latin America. It operates more than 2,000 restaurants, with revenues of more than US$3 billion.

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Mr. Staton’s business life has always been involved with consumer goods in Latin America. His grandfather founded Panamco, which became one of Coca-Cola's largest bottlers in the world with operations in seven Latin American countries. After many years in the family business, Mr. Staton branched out starting his own entrepreneurial career as McDonald's joint venture partner. He opened the first McDonalds restaurant in Argentina 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.  In April of 2011 the Private Equity investors sold their positions in a successful IPO on the NYSE.

Mr. Staton is actively involved in several non-profit organizations.  In particular, he is Chairman of the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities Latin America, dedicated to supporting families of children fighting paediatric cancer. He is also co-founder of Endeavor Argentina, promoting entrepreneurship as well as a founding partner of Ashoka Argentina, a global organization committed to investing in innovative solutions through social entrepreneurship in order to help solve tough problems.   He is a member of the Global Board of Advisors of the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington D.C., of the Chairman's International Advisory Council of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and he currently serves as the Chair for the Latin American Program's Advisory Board at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Mr. Staton holds an MBA from IMD (the Institute for Management Development, located in Lausanne, Switzerland) and a Bachelor's degree in economics from Emory University in Atlanta.