Gregory Gilligan is the managing director of APCO Worldwide’s Beijing office. Mr. Gilligan joined APCO after serving as general manager of corporate affairs for McDonald’s (China) Co., Ltd., where he developed and executed strategies to enhance McDonald's brand and corporate image among China’s regulatory bodies, consumers and other key stakeholders.
While heading corporate affairs at McDonald’s, Mr. Gilligan’s portfolio included government relations, corporate responsibility and third-party relations. He held a number of other positions at McDonald’s, including general manager for Southeast China, throughout his 14-year career with the company.
Mr. Gilligan holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; a Master of Arts in Asian studies and Juris Doctor degrees from Washington University in St. Louis; and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has been a member of the Missouri Bar Association since 1995. He was elected to serve on the American Chamber of Commerce in China's 2008 and 2009 Board of Governors, subsequently elected twice as vice chairman in 2011 and 2012, and is chairman-elect for 2013. Mr. Gilligan is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.