Mats Lederhausen

Special General Partner

Mats Lederhausen is a Special General Partner with Cue Ball and is also Managing Partner of his own private investment holding company, BE-CAUSE, LLC.

Mats has been actively involved with Cue Ball since the firm’s inception and focuses on deal flow generation and portfolio management of the firm’s early stage consumer businesses. He brings deep consumer industry and operating experience to Cue Ball, particularly in brands and multi-unit restaurant concepts.

Mats was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40 to watch,” and is also a World Economic Forum “Global Leader of Tomorrow.” Mats serves as Chairman of the Board for the not-for-profit Business for Social Responsibility and serves on the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities. He is also Chairman of Sylvan Learning Centers and ROTI Mediterranean Grill.

Mats is engaged primarily in sourcing new deals, in advising portfolio companies around operating metrics, governance, branding and strategy and currently serves as an active board member at MiniLuxe.


Most recently, Mats served as Managing Director of McDonald’s Ventures. McDonald’s Ventures managed the investments McDonald’s held in forward-looking growth concepts including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Boston Market, Redbox DVD (where he was co-founder) and Pret A Manger.

As Chairman of Chipotle from 2003 to 2006, Mats helped shape the strategy that led to one of the most successful restaurant IPOs of all times.

More recently, Redbox DVD had its highly successful exit to Coinstar.

After serving as McDonald’s joint venture partner and operating 170 McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden, Mats joined McDonald’s Corporation in 1999 as Head of Global Strategy where he helped architect the corporation’s turnaround.

Mats recently formed BE-CAUSE to advise on and invest in pioneering, aspiring brands and purpose-driven consumer concepts. BE-CAUSE works in close partnership with Cue Ball to source and invest in consumer business with franchise/recurring revenue potential.


Bromma Gymnasium, Business Administration.

Stockholm School of Economics, Masters of Science.