McDonald’s Makes Historic Hire Of First Black CEO

For the first time in the storied history of the enterprise, fast food giant McDonald’s has appointed its first African-American CEO Don Thompson, becoming one of a handful of Black CEOs of a leading Fortune 500 Company.

Thompson will be replacing current CEO Jim Skinner, who is stepping down after eight years in the top post.

Thompson currently serves as McDonald’s president and CEO and has been with the company since 1990, after initially starting as an electrical engineer. Holding several leadership positions with McDonald’s, Thompson has acquired several awards over the course of his career. He was recognized by Black Enterprises as the Corporate Executive of the Year in 2007. In 2010, he received the Executive Leadership Council’s Achievement Award.