McDonald's Announces Change in Leadership at McDonald's USA

McDonald's Announces Change in Leadership at McDonald's USA 
OAK BROOK, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/12 --  McDonald's Corporation
(NYSE: MCD) today announced that Jeff Stratton, currently Global
Chief Restaurant Officer, will succeed Jan Fields as president of
McDonald's USA, effective December 1. Fields will be leaving after
more than 35 years with the company. 
Fields, 57, drove major business initiatives in McDonald's 14,000
U.S. restaurants such as expanding the McCafe beverage menu,
modernizing restaurants, and recruiting 60,000 new McDonald's workers
on "National Hiring Day." Under her leadership, McDonald's USA made
significant nutrition advancements by revamping the Happy Meal last
year to include apple slices and smaller, kid-size French Fries; and
in September, by voluntarily posting nutrition information on menu
"We appreciate and salute Jan for more than three decades of inspired
leadership and impactful service under the Arches," said McDonald's
President and Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson. "All of us who
know Jan will miss her genuine nature and quick-witted humor. We wish
Jan the very best." 
"When I started on fries as a crew member, I had no idea where that
job would lead," said Fields. "McDonald's has shaped me as much as
I'd like to believe I had a role in shaping it."  
The McDonald's Board of Directors has named Executive Vice President
and Global Chief Restaurant Officer Jeff Stratton to succeed Fields.
Stratton, 57, oversees the function of nearly 34,000 McDonald's
restaurants globally, focusing in areas such as innovation, concept
and design, operations, training, performance, and security. Stratton
will report to McDonald's Chief Operating Officer Tim Fenton. 
"Jeff's roots in restaurant operations, his strong leadership and his
innovative actions driving our Plan to Win framework make him the
right choice to lead the U.S. business," said Fenton. "Don and I are
confident in Jeff's deep experience and his dedication to finding
solutions that are right for our customers and shareholders." 
"I'm honored to assume this leadership role and will remain focused
on growing our business and elevating our Brand," said Stratton. "The
great people of this company and our loyal customers fuel my s
passion for McDonald's." 
Stratton's career at McDonald's spans more than 40 years, beginning
with his start as a crew member in Detroit. He held numerous U.S.
field operations positions before becoming West Division President in
2001. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Chief Restaurant Officer
for McDonald's USA, a role he held until joining the global team in
"Jeff personifies the meaning of career opportunity at McDonald's,
from starting as crew, to holding numerous field management
positions, to leading our U.S. business," said Thompson. "His
transition into this key leadership role reflects our deep bench of
talent at McDonald's."  
McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with
more than 34,000 locations serving more than 69 million customers in
119 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald's restaurants
worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women.
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