Yousif Abdulghani is the CEO of Americana Food Company-Restaurants Division based in the UAE. He is a result oriented and seasoned professional in the Quick Service Restaurants sector with a strong cross-functional expertise in directing leadership teams to deliver strong financial results, operational excellence, and outstanding customer experience. He has a proven track record spanning over 23 years in strategic planning and execution, franchising relations, business development, and leading diverse multi-unit organizations.
Yousif started his career with McDonald’s in Bahrain in January 1994 as a Managing Partner before moving to McDonald’s Corporation in late 2000. In January 2001, he took on the position of Deputy Managing Director in McDonald’s Egypt in charge of restaurants operations and development.
Following his success in growing McDonald’s business in Egypt, Yousif was offered the position of Managing Director in Malaysia in 2004 where he played an influential role in building the brand and growing the business in Malaysia. Two years later, he returned as a Managing Director for McDonald’s regional office in Dubai, responsible for all McDonald’s operations in the Middle East and Africa and provided support to McDonald’s master franchisees in 16 different countries in the region. In 2013, Yousif became the Vice President of McDonald’s Middle East and Africa.
In March 2017, Yousif moved to become the CEO of Americana Food Company- Restaurants Division. Currently, he oversees its operations in about 1800 restaurants across 12 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Kazakhstan. Currently Americana’s network encompasses some of the world’s most recognized brands in the Quick Service, Casual Dining and Fine Dining categories, such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Hardee’s, TGI Friday’s, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Costa Coffee, Krispy Kreme, as well as a few of its own homegrown brands.
Born and raised in Bahrain, Yousif holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the United States, and a Master’s degree in Surveying Engineering & Digital Mapping from France.