Former longtime McDonald’s executive Erik Hess assumed the role of brand president of Moe's Southwest Grill, a fast-casual Mexican-themed restaurant chain.

Previously, Hess spent 25 years at McDonald's Corporation in a variety of senior leadership positions responsible for product development, innovating the customer experience, strategy and insights, restaurant development among many other responsibilities.

In addition to his role at McDonald's Corporation, Hess has spent the past two years consulting several brands and financial service organizations on consumer strategy and restaurant opportunities.