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Don Thompson, 43, began his career with McDonald’s in 1990 as a restaurant systems engineer. In his role as executive vice president and COO for McDonald's USA, he was responsible for restaurant operations in the U.S., with more than 13,800 restaurants in three divisions, along with the Restaurant Systems, U.S. Support, and Strategy and Planning functions.
Previously, Thompson served as executive vice president and innovation orchestration leader, McDonald's Restaurant Solutions Group. In this capacity, he and his team were responsible for McDonald’s innovation pipeline.
Prior to this position, he served as president, West Division, McDonald’s USA, where he was responsible for the six geographic regions in the western United States, covering 16 states.
Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
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