Fast food chain McDonald’s has promoted veteran attorney Angie Steele to the role of U.S. general counsel.

Steele had been serving as the company’s interim U.S. general counsel since October. She will be part of the senior leadership team and play a key role in U.S. legal strategy, according to an internal message viewed by Compliance Week.

Steele will report to General Counsel Desiree Ralls-Morrison, who was appointed to her position in March.

Steele got her start at McDonald’s in 2011 as an attorney with the Marketing & IP legal team. She is involved in the company’s Global Women’s Leadership Network and is a member of its Legal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Steele succeeds Mahrukh Hussain, who will transition to a strategic advisory role on the legal leadership team after serving as U.S. general counsel for over seven years.