McDonald’s President Stepping Down

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People eat at an Indian McDonalds fast food outlet in New Delhi on October 4, 2011. Every lunch time at a McDonald's on the corner of one of central New Delhi's biggest streets, queues of hungry young patrons, often four-wide and unruly, snake towards the counters. The majority of those standing in line are under 30, most are in Western rather than Indian dress, and almost all in their choice of conversation and style are identifiably part of the much-fabled booming Indian middle class. But the increasing consumption of processed food that is high in fat and sugar is causing worries that India is importing the Western disease of obesity, creating a ticking public health bomb that the country can ill-afford. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)


    Hopefully, McDonald’s president, Jan Fields, won’t be asking, “Would you like fries with that?” anytime soon. The U.S. head of operations is stepping down after two years on the job, following a decision made by senior management. The fast food giant has been suffering uncharacteristically poor financial results—profits fell 3.5 percent in the third quarter this year—and copycat competitors are rising, though analysts don’t think Fields’s departure is related. “The time was right for this leadership change,” company spokeswoman Lisa McComb said. Fields will depart Dec. 1, and will be replaced by Jeff Stratton, currently McDonald’s global chief restaurant officer.

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