CHICAGO, March 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) today announced the retirement of Robert "Bob" A. Eckert and John W. Rogers, Jr. from the McDonald's Board of Directors effective as of the date of the Company's 2023 Annual Shareholders' Meeting.
"Bob and John have made significant contributions throughout their 20 years on the Board. Their strategic vision and expertise have helped guide the expansion of the global business while bringing McDonald's closer to the communities it serves," said Enrique Hernandez, Jr., McDonald's Chairman of the Board. "Bob brought valuable expertise to the Board serving as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and the inaugural Chairman of the Public Policy & Strategy Committee where he helped oversee the Company's long-term strategy and operations. John is a prominent leader in the Chicago and business community who has helped to significantly expand the Company's efforts to promote equitable opportunity and diversity across the full range of the business including employees, franchisees and suppliers. McDonald's is stronger because of their service."
"We've all benefitted from Bob and John's invaluable counsel as we've navigated several challenges including the COVID pandemic and war in Ukraine," said Chris Kempczinski, McDonald's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Their leadership has helped position the Company for long-term growth and strengthened its global reputation. There has never been a better time to be part of McDonald's thanks to their leadership and steadfast commitment to the Company."
Eckert and Rogers joined the McDonald's Board of Directors on the same day in May 2003. These retirements are consistent with the Board's commitment to ongoing refreshment that maintains an appropriate balance of continuity and institutional knowledge with fresh perspectives among Directors. In 2022, the Board elected four new independent Directors and announced one retirement.
Robert A. Eckert shared
"It has been a privilege and an honor to serve McDonald's for the last 20 years. The world has changed significantly during this time, and the Company has successfully navigated challenges and leveraged opportunities to become one of the most admired brands globally. I leave confident that the Company has the right strategy to deliver sustained, long-term profitable growth for the System, shareholders and all stakeholders. I look forward to watching the McDonald's System continue to thrive in the years ahead."
John W. Rogers, Jr. shared
"I'm exceptionally proud to have championed initiatives to expand opportunity across all parts of the business including a $250 million commitment in the U.S. to increase demographic representation of the franchisee base, tying executive compensation to improving diversity representation and increasing spending with diverse suppliers. It's been a pleasure to serve alongside such a skilled and experienced group of Directors, and I'm confident in the Company's ability to continue advancing its purpose of feeding and fostering communities."
McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with over 40,000 locations in over 100 countries. Approximately 95% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business owners.
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