The Power List: No. 7 Don Thompson

The Power List: No. 7 Don Thompson

Part of the annual NRN 50 special report, The Power List profiles the 50 most powerful people who are leading and shaping change in the restaurant industry, as chosen by Nation’s Restaurant News.

Don Thompson became one of the most influential executives in foodservice July 1, 2012, simply by rising to chief executive of McDonald’s Corp., a company with nearly 35,000 units worldwide whose every move is scrutinized by competitors, investors, journalists and advocates.

So in October 2012, when the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company reported its first monthly same-store sales decrease in more than nine years, people were watching — closely. Comparable-store sales fell

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