McDonald’s announces new President and COO

Posted by Editorial on 12th January 2010

Fast-food chain McDonald’s has 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.Jan Fields, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for McDonald’s USA, will succeed Thompson as President of McDonald’s USA, and Jim Johannesen, currently U.S. Division President-Central Division, will 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 overnight, Australian time, and assume their new duties immediately.

“Don Thompson has done an outstanding job leading our U.S. business, and I am confident he will bring the same energy and innovative thinking to his new global role as President and Chief Operating Officer,” Jim Skinner, Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation, said. “I also know he will hit the ground running, having worked collaboratively for many years with our Area of the World leadership teams to share strategic solutions and execute our successful Plan to Win.

“Don’s U.S. leadership experience, combined with the great record he had as Executive Vice President of our global Restaurant Systems group, uniquely qualifies him for this next important responsibility at McDonald’s.”