René has over 25 years of experience as a 'growth accelerator' (including CEO of McDonald's NL) and is seen as one of the most innovative management thinkers of the moment.
René has over 25 years of experience as a ‘growth accelerator’ (including CEO of McDonald’s NL) and is seen as one of the most innovative management thinkers of the moment. After training in NL and USA, he worked for 14 years at McDonald’s NL, of which 7 years as General Manager. He has founded companies in the Netherlands, Spain and the USA, where he has also lived for many years. Since 2010, he also advises and guides teams and organizations in their development and growth. René is also active as a publicist and author of the #1 management book ‘The Secret of Growth Power’.
René’s keynotes are extremely popular. He takes his audience on a journey of discovery into the 8 steps of Groeikracht and shares his experiences with growth companies such as McDonald’s. With practical facts, new insights, anecdotes and of course a lot of personal interaction. Because why is organizing and sustaining growth so difficult? Why can large companies like McDonald’s continue to grow successfully while many others fail? How and when should you innovate and change with it? What will the companies of tomorrow look like and what does that mean for the employee of the future? These questions are vital if you want to continue to grow successfully as a company. As an enthusiastic speaker and chairman of the day, René knows how to captivate his audience from start to finish – he shakes the room up, holds up a mirror,
René Savelberg was born in Nijmegen. After completing the Canisius College, he studied in Amsterdam, Maastricht and Miami, where he obtained his Masters Degree in Hotel and Food Service Management. René is a real builder and accelerator and after his training in the USA, as General Manager of McDonald’s in the Netherlands, he quickly doubles the number of restaurants from 100 to 200, with 16,000 employees and 750 million turnover.
In 2000 René moves to Spain where he is involved as a partner in companies and start-ups and in 2006 to Chicago where he again sets up various companies and partnerships. René is also the founder of ‘McSense Business Accelerators’ (2006) and ‘The National Growth Plan’ (2019) that help companies and organizations to develop and accelerate their growth.
In addition to his activities as an entrepreneur and advisor/growth accelerator, René is also a member of various Advisory Boards and involved in charities such as the Biltema Foundation (Sweden) and the Kids House Foundation (Vietnam).
René’s mission is to help as many companies, teams and organizations as possible to develop maximum ‘growth power’ so that they perform optimally and realize sustainable growth. Sustainable growth that is not only good for stakeholders (employees, shareholders, partners and suppliers) but ultimately also good for society as a whole.