AWESOME Announces Recipients of 2017 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award

Women’s supply chain leadership organization to recognize
achievements of McDonald’s Francesca DeBiase and the Defense
Department’s Kristin French

DES PLAINES, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations,
Management and Education) will present the AWESOME Legendary Leadership
(ALL) Award to two highly accomplished supply chain leaders: Francesca
, Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, McDonald’s
Corporation; and Kristin French, retired Brigadier General, U.S.
Army, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics and
Materiel Readiness), U.S. Department of Defense.

Francesca DeBiase is responsible for overseeing McDonald’s Global
Supply Chain while embedding sustainability into the way McDonald’s does
business around the world. Her team leverages the scale of the company’s
$40 billion spend in food, packaging, logistics, toys, technology,
equipment and other services, while driving safety, quality and
sustainability throughout the company and achieving leadership in those
areas in the food industry. She is also the Global Advisor to the
McDonald’s Women’s Leadership Network.

Kristin French, a West Point graduate, retired from military
service as a Brigadier General, and now serves as a principal adviser to
the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and
Logistics. She is responsible for the oversight of DoD logistics
policies, practices, operations and efficiencies in support of enhanced
readiness to the Warfighter. Prior to this current role, her 29+ years
in the US Army included tours in the Pentagon, Defense Logistics Agency
and Army Material Command, and she served in deployments to Afghanistan,
Iraq, Kuwait, and Croatia.

“The selection of these two outstanding leaders is evidence of the
impact women are having at the highest levels of supply chain leadership
in dramatically different organizations,” said Nancy Nix, AWESOME
Executive Director.

The ALL Award was created in 2014 to recognize women supply chain
leaders who have achieved extraordinary professional excellence and
success, addressed challenges impacting opportunities for women and
advanced the changing landscape of women’s supply chain leadership.

The 2017 award presentation will take place on May 3, opening night of
AWESOME’s Fifth Anniversary Symposium being held May 3-5, 2017 in

AWESOME was founded by Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, and has grown to
be a network of more than 950 women in diverse senior supply chain
leadership roles. AWESOME leaders take part in networking, research,
industry events, discussions and collaborations to support the
advancement of women’s supply chain leadership. For more information:


Jennifer Nix, 312-402-0740