IRVINE, Calif. – Golden State Foods (GSF) announced Dec. 8 a new member to its board of directors. Jose Armario, former senior executive vice president of supply chain, sustainability, development and franchising for McDonald’s Corp. Armario will join the board effective immediately.

“Jose is an outstanding individual who has consistently demonstrated leadership excellence, integrity and solid ethics throughout his career,” said Mark Wetterau, chairman and CEO of Golden State Foods. “He has an exceptional balance of global leadership in all areas of business, and his principled approach in all he does makes him a great cultural fit for our organization. We are blessed and honored to welcome him to the board of directors.”

During his time at McDonald's, Armario served as president of Latin America and Canada; senior vice president and international relationship partner Latin America; and president of Chile before his most recent roles as executive vice president supply chain, sustainability, development and franchising.

Armario began his career in the foodservice industry at Burger King. He also worked in the optical industry, holding several positions at LensCrafters.

Originally from Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, Armario earned his Associate degree in Business Administration from Miami-Dade College in Miami; a Master of Science degree in management from the Univ. of Miami; and a CEO Perspective Course completion from Northwestern Univ., in Chicago.

GSF's board now consists of 10 members including Mark Wetterau, chairman and CEO, GSF; Mike Waitukaitis, GSF vice chairman of the board and former chief financial officer; Conrad Wetterau, chairman and CEO, Quality Beverage; Jim Williams, private consultant and former GSF chairman and CEO; Sharon Davis, private consultant and former first lady of California; Dick Gochnauer, former president and CEO, United Stationers Inc. (now Essentia); Nabil El-Hage, chairman, PR Academy of Executive Education; and Frank Listi, former GSF executive vice president.