March 28, 2014
Julio Ramirez had an expansive career with the Burger King Corporation, spanning 26 years under five different owners. He left the company in 2010, following its acquisition by a Brazilian private equity firm. Most recently, Ramirez was Burger King’s executive vice president for global operations, having worked his way up from an entry-level marketing manager position to two terms as president of the Latin America/Mexico/Caribbean division, and two years as a senior executive of franchise operations and development in North America. Ramirez introduced the Burger King brand to 10 countries, and he is one of the most knowledgeable executives in the quick-service restaurant industry. With a deep understanding of Latin American political, economic, and restaurant industry concerns, he has served as a guest lecturer for universities and business forums around the world.
Prior to joining Burger King, Ramirez held positions with Xerox and AT&T Information Systems. Ramirez recently founded JEM Consulting, a restaurant, retail, and franchising business that includes consulting for Captain D's, a successful seafood restaurant chain with over 500 restaurants in the US and also previously consulting with a large Madrid-based restaurant/brewery chain expanding in the Americas. Julio is also an external board member of Grupo Intur, the largest franchisee of American restaurant brands in Central America with over 190 Burger King, Chili's, Dunkin Brands, Popeyes, Church's and others. He is also a part owner in Giardino Gourmet Salads.
Ramirez received his undergraduate business degree from Georgia State and his MBA from UGA's Terry College of Business, where he serves on the Terry Dean's Advisory Council. He lives in Miami, Fla., and is a member of the prestigious Orange Bowl Committee.