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The CEO of McDonald's has resigned after coming under severe pressure

Shares jumped after he stepped down. Ouch.


THE APTLY-NAMED chief executive of McDonald’s, Donald Thompson, has resigned from his post after just two years at the helm – and shares in the fast food giant jumped three per cent on the New York Stock Exchange as a result. Ouch.

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Thompson had been under severe pressure in recent times.  The company’s stock has remained stagnant for the duration of the 25-year company veteran’s tenure, while McDonald’s Asian arm has experienced extended fallout in China and Japan after one of its suppliers was at the centre of a food safety scandal in July 2014.

The company saw profits fall by 15% in 2014 while global revenue fell 7% to $6.5 billion for the year.

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Thompson will be replaced effective 1 March by current senior vice president Steve Easterbrook. He will also serve as company president as a result of a managerial shakeup that will also see current corporate controller Kevin Ozan taking over as Chief Financial Officer.

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Despite its recent tribulations, McDonald’s Corporation remains the largest supplier of fast food internationally with 36,000 outlets in more than 100 countries.

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