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McDonald’s Corporation Elects Don Thompson as President and COO; Jan Fields and Jim Johannesen named to lead McDonald’s USA

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.

(Oak Brook, Illinois) - - Jim Skinner, Chief Executive Officer of McDonalds 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 companys 32,000 restaurants worldwide.

At the same time, Skinner and Thompson jointly announced the promotions of Jan Fields, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for McDonalds USA,to succeed Thompson as President of McDonalds USA, and Jim Johannesen, currently U.S. Division PresidentCentral Division, to succeed Fields as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for McDonalds USA.

Thompson, Fields and Johannesen were elected by the McDonalds Board of Directors today, and assume their new duties immediately.

In making the announcement, CEO Skinner said, 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.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.Dons 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 McDonalds.

Andy McKenna, Chairman of McDonalds Board, said, Don is a great example of McDonalds remarkable ability to develop leaders who are immediately prepared to step up to the next level of executive responsibilities.The Board is confident that Jim, Don and the entire senior management team will work together to continue McDonalds worldwide business success.

Skinner noted that the promotions of Thompson, Fields and Johannesen reflect the companys deep bench of talented and experienced executives.

Seamless management change is a by-product of McDonalds commitment to leadership development and talent management, Skinner said.Together with our Board of Directors, we have made succession planning a competitive advantage for our company worldwide.

Im confident our positive momentum and business performance in the U.S. will continue under Jan Fields and Jim Johannesen, Thompson said.Jan has been my trusted colleague in leading our U.S. system, and I know she has the complete respect and total support of our owner-operators, suppliers and staff. Jan epitomizes the very best values of our systema commitment to franchising, continuous improvement, and putting our customers at the center of everything we do. With the support of Jim Johannesen, she will continue to drive customer satisfaction and value.

Thompson, 46, began his McDonalds career in 1990 as an engineer in the Restaurant Systems Group.He moved into restaurant operations four years later, and rose quickly through the operations ranks.He was named Regional Manager of the San Diego Region in 1998, and was promoted to Regional Vice President a year later.In 2000 he was named President of the Midwest Division of McDonalds USA, and in 2001 was appointed President of the companys West Division.In 2004, he returned to Oak Brook as Executive Vice President of McDonalds Restaurant Systems Group.A year later he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for McDonalds USA, and in 2006 was named President of McDonalds USA.

Fields, 54, began her McDonalds career as a crew person for a McDonalds owner-operator, and joined McDonalds Corporation in 1978 as a Restaurant Manager Trainee. She moved through McDonalds operations career path as an Area Supervisor, Field Consultant, Operations Manager, and Director of Operations.In 1994, she was promoted to Regional Manager of the Pittsburgh Region. In 2000, Fields was promoted to U.S. Senior Vice President and Central Division Support Officer.Three years later, she was named U.S. Division President for the Central Division, and in 2006 she was named to her current role as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, McDonalds USA.

Johannesen, 55, joined McDonalds in 1979 as an attorney in the Corporate Legal Department.In 1986, he was named Director for McDonalds Business Affairs group, and in 1992 he became an Assistant Vice President within the U.S. Restaurant Development Department.In 1998, Johannesen moved into restaurant operations as Regional Vice President of the Phoenix Region.Three years later he was named Vice President and General Manager of the Chicago Region.In 2002 he was promoted to U.S. Senior Vice President and Chief Support Officer for McDonalds USA.In 2006, he was promoted to his current role as President of the Central Division.

Complete biographical information for Thompson, Fields and Johannesen is available through McDonalds Corporate Media Relations Department at

About McDonalds

McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 32,000 local restaurants in more than 100 countries.About 80% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by franchisees.Please visit our website at to learn more about the Company.

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