Hester Chew, Vice Chairman, McDonalds (Thailand)

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in a vibrant conversation with Hester Chew, Vice-Chairman, McDonald’s (Thailand). Hester, a highly successful corporate leader, is an experienced veteran in the fast-food industry.

Hester shares the three key milestones of his life. He shares the story of building McDonald’s in Thailand into a powerhouse. He examines what qualities make CEOs stand out. He emphasizes the importance of team building and team play.

“Not do as I say, but do as I do”- Hester, the man who believes in leading by example, adds. He tells the story of how he, despite being the VC of McDonald’s Thailand, often wears a uniform and stands on the counter. He shares with us, as a CEO, what he looks for when hiring a person.

‘Is cultural diversity in an organization a boon or a detrimental factor to business?’ Hester examines this question with exceptional merit. He later talks about his investment in healthcare. Hester tells us why he joined the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He shares the countless benefits of being a part of the organization.


Hester has over 35 years of experience in the QSR & FMCG sectors, operating in South East Asia. He’s currently CEO of McDonald’s Thailand, a position that he held since 2006. A strong advocate on building of teams, Mc Thai has been recognized by Aon Hewitt as “Best Employers” in 2011, 2015 & 2016; “Best of the Best Employers” in 2013 & 2017, as well as “Top Companies for Leaders” in 2014. Prior to that he held various senior positions with Tricon, operating KFC, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell in Singapore, Thailand & Indochina.

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