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McDonald's adds new senior leadership talent

Staff writer |
Oak Brook, Ill., USA - September 25, 2015, Oak Brook, Ill., USA - McDonald's promoted David Fairhurst to EVP and chief people officer and appointed Chris Kempczinski as EVP of strategy, business development & innovation.

Effective October 1, Mr. Fairhurst will assume the newly expanded role of corporate executive vice president, chief people officer.

Mr. Fairhurst joined McDonald's UK in 2005 as vice president of people and he was promoted to chief people officer of northern Europe in 2007. In 2011, he was appointed chief people officer of Europe.

Earlier this year, he was named corporate senior vice president, international human resources and strategy, with responsibility for global design and systems.

Mr. Fairhurst replaces Rich Floersch, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, who will retire effective December 31.

Mr. Kempczinski has been appointed as corporate executive vice president of strategy, business development and innovation, effective October 26.

Mr. Kempczinski was previously executive vice president of growth initiatives and president of international at Kraft Foods Group, where he was responsible for Kraft's international business.

Additionally, he oversaw Kraft's overall corporate growth agenda with responsibility for the company's strategy, mergers and acquisitions, innovation, insights and breakthrough R&D functions.

He joined Kraft Foods in 2008 as senior vice president for U.S. grocery, and in 2012 was promoted to president of Kraft Canada.