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Global Strategic Advisory Council

Don Thompson

Don Thompson
President and Chief Executive Officer
McDonald’s

As President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald's Corporation, Don Thompson leads the world's largest foodservice company. McDonald's serves nearly 68 million customers every day in 119 countries and employs more than 1.7 million people across the globe in corporate and restaurant positions.

During his 22 years at McDonald's, Dr. Thompson has helped drive business results and global strategic innovation across the organization. Since joining as an electrical engineer in 1990, he has held a variety of key leadership positions within the company, including Regional Vice President, Division President and Chief Operating Officer. Between 2006 and 2010, Dr. Thompson served as President of McDonald's USA, the company's largest business segment. After serving as President and COO of McDonald's Corp, Dr. Thompson became President and CEO in July 2012.

A leader in the business community, Dr. Thompson serves on the Board of Directors for McDonald's Corporation, the Exelon Corporation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Purdue University. Thompson also serves as a member of Civic Committee of the Commercial Club, The Economic Club, World Business Chicago and the Brazier Foundation.

Dr. Thompson has been recognized for his leadership and passion by the Illinois Holocaust Museum (2012 Humanitarian Award), the Executive Leadership Council (2010 Corporate Award), the Trumpet foundation (2008 Corporate Executive Award), and Black Enterprise (2007 Corporate Executive of the Year).

He received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Science from Excelsior College.