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Bridge Award Profiles: James Skinner
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National Bridge Awards

2015 Richard A. Gonzalez

2014 Jonas Prising 

2012 William C. Weldon

2010 John T. Chambers
2009 Michael E. Szymanczyk
2008 Indra K. Nooyi
2007 Ronald A. Williams
2006 H. Lee Scott, Jr.
2005 Jeffrey Noddle
2004 Ivan G. Seidenberg


Chicago Bridge Awards

2015 Jim Skogsbergh

2014 Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. 

2013 Don Thompson

2012 Gregory D. Wasson

2011 Patricia Hemingway Hall

2010 Frederick H. Waddell

2009 Gregory C. Case

2007 Robert W. Lane

2006 James Skinner

2005 John W. Rowe


Bridge Advocate Awards

2015 Pat Harris

2010 Maestro Paul Freeman

2009 James C. Tyree

2006 John W. Rogers, Jr.

2004 Roel C. Campos

"McDonald's commitment to diversity is not new. Because of this commitment, even before today's focus on "diversity," we understood that it was not just the nice thing to do, but the smart thing to do for our business."              


James Skinner
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
MacDonald's Corporation

Jim Skinner was elected McDonald’s vice chairman and chief executive officer by McDonald’s Board of Directors in November 2004. Prior to being named chief executive officer, Skinner served as vice chairman of McDonald’s Corporation. In his previous role as vice chairman, Skinner had management responsibility for Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) and Latin America, in addition to overseeing most corporate staff functions. Since the beginning of 2004, he was accountable for McDonald’s Japan Limited, McDonald’s second-largest market with nearly 4,000 restaurants.

Skinner has held numerous leadership positions in his tenure with the corporation. Before becoming vice chairman, he served as president and chief operating officer of the McDonald’s Restaurant Group with operating accountability for the company’s more than 30,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 118 countries at the time.

Prior to that, Skinner served as president and chief operating officer of McDonald’s - Europe, Asia, Pacific and Middle East, with management responsibilities for the nearly 12,500 restaurants operating in those geographic sectors.

From 1997 to 2001, Skinner was president of McDonald’s Europe. Before that, he was executive vice president and international relationship partner for Central Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India from 1995 to 1997.

He joined McDonald’s international management team in 1992 as senior vice president and relationship partner, overseeing McDonald’s development in Central Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India.

Skinner began his career with McDonald’s in 1971 as a restaurant manager trainee in Carpentersville, Illinois. He advanced quickly and held numerous positions in the U.S. company, including director of field operations, market manager, regional vice president and U.S. senior vice president and zone manager.

In addition, he has twice served as an advisory director to McDonald’s Corporation’s Board of Directors. Currently, he serves on the board of McDonald’s Corporation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Walgreen Company, and ITW (Illinois Tool Works).

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