Dell Thornley

Dell Thornley

McDonald’s Global Supply Chain & Sustainability

Director Quality Systems – Agricultural Products


Panelist at the Plenary Session STAYING AHEAD OF FOOD SAFETY RISKS
Tuesday, 27 September, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Dell was born and raised in South Eastern Idaho. He graduated from Idaho State University with a major in Crops and Soil Technology and a minor in Turf Grass Management in 1981.


In 1989, Dell joined McDonald’s Development Company in Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to joining McDonald’s, he worked for J.R. Simplot ve Besikcioglu in Izmir Turkey.


In 2000, he took over leadership of Technical Advisory Group raw for McDonald’s European produce supply chain to develop Good Agricultural Practices for iceberg lettuce growing; this was used as the foundation to develop MAAP (McDonald’s Agricultural Assurance Programme) for potatoes and field crops.


Dell also works outside the McD’s System on the Arable and Vegetable Crops working group at SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative) Platform.