Don Thompson Becomes ‘McDonald’s Corp. New President & CEO’ July 1st 2012
As one of the world’s leading food service retailers, McDonald’s Corp. has more than 33,000 restaurants serving nearly 68 million people in more than 119 countries every day.
Currently, McDonald’s Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Skinner leads the world’s largest food service company with more than 33,000 restaurants in 119 countries. McDonald’s serves nearly 68 million customers each day and employs 1.7 million people across the globe in corporate and restaurant positions.
Skinner is one of the three architects of McDonald’s worldwide revitalization plan launched in 2003 that turned the company around and re-focused on customer strategies, business disciplines and close global alignment.
Upon becoming CEO in 2004, Skinner set three top priorities for his leadership: long-term sustainable growth for the company; talent management and leadership development; and promoting balanced active lifestyles.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Don Thompson directs global strategy and operations for the more than 33,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 119 countries to create value for McDonald’s and its shareholders. Previously, Mr. Thompson was President of McDonald’s USA. In this role, he was responsible for the strategic direction and overall business results of the nearly 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. Mr. Thompson began his career at McDonald’s as an electrical engineer in 1990, and has since held a variety of leadership positions including U.S. Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Division President.
Effective on July 1st 2012, Don Thompson will resume the role as McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Thompson received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and has since accepted the Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Award along with being named a Purdue University Old Master Fellow in 2006. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Excelsior College in Albany, New York.
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