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

Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:19am EST

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  OAK BROOK, IL, Nov 15 (Marketwire) -- 
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 boards.

    "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 strong passion for

    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 2005.

    "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. To learn more
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