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Global Intelligence and Executive Protection at McDonald’s

For McDonald’s, the intelligence function serves as a trusted advisor and business partner to the organization. What started as a one-person executive protection team has grown into a fully integrated department of hybrid expertise backed by enthusiastic executive support.

How did it happen? Former military-turned-private-sector intelligence champion Ryan Long saw the business opportunity in a robust intelligence and protection function. Now as Head of Global Intelligence and Protection for McDonald’s, Ryan built success on a foundation of internal relationships and alignment.

In this episode, Ryan breaks down:

  • How to tailor intelligence for decision-makers to gain buy-in
  • How to build internal credibility and identify champions for your initiatives
  • Tips for transitioning from the public to the private sector
  • The future of the intelligence profession and associations like AIRIP

The Employee Safety Podcast is hosted by Peter Steinfeld, SVP of Safety Solutions at AlertMedia.

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Ryan Long, McDonald's
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