Mats Lederhausen


Mats is Founder and Managing Partner of his own private investment firm, BE-CAUSE. The company is a platform for investing and building businesses with a “purpose bigger than their products®.”

Previously, after developing McDonald’s restaurants in his native Sweden and subsequently becoming EVP and President of Business Development for McDonald’s Corporation, Mats served as Managing Director of McDonald’s Ventures. McDonald’s Ventures managed the investments McDonald’s held in future oriented growth initiatives including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Boston Market, RedBox DVD and Pret A Manger. As a director, Chairman and finally lead director of Chipotle from 2000-2006 Mats helped shape the strategy that ultimately led to one of the most successful restaurant IPOs of all times. Mats was on the founding team of RedBox and served on its board until Coinstar acquired McDonald’s stake in RedBox in the spring of 2009.

Mats was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” to watch and the World Economic Forum honored him as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow.” Mats is currently an operating partner to private equity firm Sterling Partners as well as a special partner at CUE BALL, a human centric VC in Boston. Mats serves as Chairman of the board of ROTI Mediterranean Grill and Educate Inc (Sylvan Learning). Mats also serves on the board of Itrim and Cue Ball. Mats serves as Chairman of the board for the not-for-profit Business for Social Responsibility and serves on the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Mats received a Master’s degree from Stockholm School of Economics in 1988.