CHICAGO,: McDonald’s Corporation (“the Company”) (NYSE: MCD) today announced that Joe Erlinger, most recently President, International Operated Markets, has been appointed President, McDonald’s USA, effective immediately. Erlinger’s appointment follows the recent appointment of Chris Kempczinski as McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Joe is a respected leader who is returning to the U.S. after working around the world for McDonald’s,” said Kempczinski. “He has a proven track record of driving strong results through collaboration with franchisees and a relentless focus on the customer. I am proud and excited that one of my first moves as CEO is to announce his appointment, and am confident in all he will bring to our U.S. business.”
In his new role, Erlinger will be responsible for the business operations of approximately 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the United States, reporting to Kempczinski.
“Our U.S. business is the heartbeat of McDonald’s,” said Erlinger. “I look forward to working with our franchisees to build upon the transformational progress in our largest market. With a talented team that is committed to running great restaurants, we have tremendous momentum to deliver on our brand promise to all of our customers.”