Fred L Turner
Fred L. Turner, former chief executive of McDonald's

Former McDonald’s CEO Fred L. Turner dies

Fred L. Turner, honorary chairman of McDonald’s Corp. and the company’s former chief executive, died late Monday night from complications due to pneumonia. He was 80.

After joining McDonald’s as one of founder Ray Kroc’s first hires in 1956, Turner quickly rose through the corporate ranks, becoming president and chief administrative officer in 1968 and chief executive in 1974. He was elected chairman and CEO in 1977 and served in those roles until 1987.

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