Guy Russo was the managing director of Kmart from August 2008 to February 2016. Prior to that, he was managing director and chief executive of McDonald's Australia between 1999 and 2005, and president of McDonald's Greater China region between 2005 and 2007.
Mr Russo started at McDonalds in 1974, working his way through the ranks while completing management development training at McDonald's in-house university as well as at Macquarie University Graduate School of Management in Sydney. He held all key operations positions within the Australian business including as regional manager of the largest market, NSW/ACT, from 1991. In 1995, he became vice president of McDonald's Australia and in 1997, he was appointed advisory director to the Australian board where he also served on numerous international task forces within the global corporation.
After leaving McDonalds in 2007, Mr Russo ran his own consulting firm advising public and private ventures with commercial interests in China, as well as other markets.