Don Thompson promoted to President and CEO of McDonald’s Worldwide
(January 11, 2010) Jim Skinner, Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation, today announced that Don Thompson, currently President of McDonald USA, has been elected to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer, with oversight responsibility for the company’s 32,000 restaurants worldwide.
[The promotion makes Thompson the front runner to succeed Skinner as next CEO of McDonald’s Corporation]
At the same time, Skinner and Thompson jointly announced the promotions of Jan Fields, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for McDonald’s USA, to succeed Thompson as President of McDonald’s USA, and Jim Johannesen, currently U.S. Division President — Central Division, to succeed Fields as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for McDonald’s USA.
Thompson, Fields and Johannesen were elected by the McDonald’s Board of Directors today, and assume their new duties immediately.