CEO and Founder, BE-CAUSE
Mats formed BE-CAUSE, a platform for investing and building businesses with a “purpose bigger than their products,” in early 2007. Prior to forming BE-CAUSE, Mats served as managing director of McDonald’s Ventures, which managed McDonald’s investments in future-oriented growth initiatives, including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Boston Market, RedBox DVD, and Pret A Manger. As a director, chairman, and lead director of Chipotle from 2000-2006, Mats shape the strategy that ultimately led to one of the most successful restaurant IPOs of all time. Mats was on the founding team of RedBox and served on its board until Coinstar acquired McDonald’s stake in RedBox in the spring of 2009. Mats joined McDonald’s Corporation in 1999 as head of global strategy. During the next four years, he had responsibility for global strategy and business development. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Mats began his career with McDonald’s in 1979. He worked for The Boston Consulting Group in London from 1988 to 1990. In 1990, he returned to McDonald’s and in 1993 became the managing director and joint venture partner for McDonald’s Sweden. Under his leadership, the company grew from 40 restaurants to nearly 170 restaurants. Mats was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” to watch in 1999 and the World Economic Forum honored him as a Global Leader of Tomorrow in 2000. He serves as chairman of the board of ROTI Modern Mediterranean and on the boards of Itrim International, MiniLuxe, Unreal, Susie Cakes, True Botanicals, and LRN. Mats serves as chairman of the global board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities. He received a master’s from Stockholm School of Economics in 1988.