McDonald's Announces Change in Leadership at McDonald's USA
OAK BROOK, IL, Nov 15, 2012 (Menafn - MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --McDonald's Corporation MCD today announced that JeffStratton, currently Global Chief Restaurant Officer, will succeed JanFields as president of McDonald's USA, effective December 1. Fieldswill be leaving after more than 35 years with the company.
Fields, 57, drove major business initiatives in McDonald's 14,000U.S. restaurants such as expanding the McCafe beverage menu,modernizing restaurants, and recruiting 60,000 new McDonald's workerson "National Hiring Day." Under her leadership, McDonald's USA madesignificant nutrition advancements by revamping the Happy Meal lastyear to include apple slices and smaller, kid-size French Fries; andin September, by voluntarily posting nutrition information on menuboards.
"We appreciate and salute Jan for more than three decades of inspiredleadership and impactful service under the Arches," said McDonald'sPresident and Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson. "All of us whoknow Jan will miss her genuine nature and quick-witted humor. We wishJan the very best."
"When I started on fries as a crew member, I had no idea where thatjob would lead," said Fields. "McDonald's has shaped me as much asI'd like to believe I had a role in shaping it."
The McDonald's Board of Directors has named Executive Vice Presidentand Global Chief Restaurant Officer Jeff Stratton to succeed Fields.Stratton, 57, oversees the function of nearly 34,000 McDonald'srestaurants globally, focusing in areas such as innovation, conceptand design, operations, training, performance, and security. Strattonwill report to McDonald's Chief Operating Officer Tim Fenton.
"Jeff's roots in restaurant operations, his strong leadership and hisinnovative actions driving our Plan to Win framework make him theright choice to lead the U.S. business," said Fenton. "Don and I areconfident in Jeff's deep experience and his dedication to findingsolutions that are right for our customers and shareholders."
"I'm honored to assume this leadership role and will remain focusedon growing our business and elevating our Brand," said Stratton. "Thegreat people of this company and our loyal customers fuel my strongpassion for McDonald's."
Stratton's career at McDonald's spans more than 40 years, beginningwith his start as a crew member in Detroit. He held numerous U.S.field operations positions before becoming West Division President in2001. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Chief Restaurant Officerfor McDonald's USA, a role he held until joining the global team in2005.
"Jeff personifies the meaning of career opportunity at McDonald's,from starting as crew, to holding numerous field managementpositions, to leading our U.S. business," said Thompson. "Histransition into this key leadership role reflects our deep bench oftalent at McDonald's."
McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer withmore than 34,000 locations serving more than 69 million customers in119 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald's restaurantsworldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women.To learn more about the company, please visit www.aboutmcdonalds.comand follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mcdonaldscorp)and Twitter (https://twitter.com/McDonaldsCorp).
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