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Bridge Award Profiles : Don Thompson
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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

"At McDonald’s, diversity and inclusion is everybody’s business. From the board room to the crew room, we are all accountable to grow our business profitably. We embrace all the dimensions of diversity and leverage the differences that make us strong as we strive to meet the needs of our 69 million customers every day." 


Don Thompson

President and Chief Executive Officer
MacDonald's Corporation

As president and chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD), Don Thompson leads the world’s largest foodservice company. McDonald’s serves 69 million customers everyday in 119 countries and employs 1.8 million people across the globe in corporate and restaurant positions.

During his 23 years at McDonald’s, 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, Thompson served as president of McDonald’s USA, the company’s largest business segment. Most recently as president and COO of McDonald’s Corporation, Thompson and his leadership team established three global growth priorities in support of the McDonald’s Plan to Win: to optimize the menu, modernize the customer experience, and broaden restaurant accessibility.

In July 2012, Thompson became president and CEO and is leading the company on its mission to become “our customers’ favorite place and way to eat and drink.”

A true advocate of collaboration and believer in the strength of the McDonald’s three legged stool, Thompson and his leadership team work closely with the 5,000 independent owner/operators, corporate staff, and restaurant employees around the world as well as countless McDonald’s suppliers.

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

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).

Thompson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an honorary Doctorate in Science degree from Excelsior College.

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