CHICAGO – Catherine M. Engelbert has been elected to the board of directors of McDonald’s Corp. Engelbert is the first-ever commissioner of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Prior to joining the WNBA in July, Engelbert was CEO at Deloitte from 2015-19.

In addition to McDonald’s, Engelbert is on the board of directors for Catalyst, a global nonprofit that works to accelerate women into leadership. She also is on the Board of Partnership for NYC and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Lehigh Univ. and is a certified public accountant licensed in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

“Cathy is an exceptional leader with a track record of guiding organizations to strength and success,” said Enrique Hernandez Jr., chairman of McDonald’s board. “McDonald’s will benefit from her fresh perspectives, strong operational experience, and broad financial expertise.  Cathy’s election also underscores our commitment to diversity at all levels, from the crew room to the board room.”

Christopher J. Kempczinski, president and CEO of McDonald’s, added, “Cathy is a leader who has challenged convention to deliver tangible change. I am inspired by her people-first approach to business and looking forward to benefiting from her entrepreneurial thinking across our global organization.”