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Claire Babrowski Resigns After "31 Exemplary Years of Service" to McDonald's

Dec 13, 2004

Claire Babrowski, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Restaurant Operations Officer for McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), has resigned from the company after 31 years.

Jim Skinner, McDonald's Chief Executive Officer, said, "McDonald's owes Claire a huge debt of gratitude for the difference she has made throughout her 31 exemplary years of service. She began her career as a crew member in Ottawa, Illinois, and dedicated the past three decades of her life to McDonald's."

Claire Babrowski said, "I have spent my entire professional career at McDonald's. I started as a wide-eyed crew member, and since then I've been singularly focused on our people, our brand, our restaurants and our customers. My years at McDonald's have been incredibly rewarding, and I am personally very proud of the contributions I've made to the success of our company.

"But life is short, and I've recently been contemplating new horizons -- thinking about business opportunities beyond McDonald's, wondering how my talent and experience would apply to new challenges.

"For me, the change process began with a conversation with Jim Skinner, my long-time friend and champion. I've worked for and with Jim for many years, and there is no one I trust more to lead this great company. Jim encouraged me to stay at McDonald's, but also understood and supports my decision to move on to new challenges."

The company expects to name a successor for this position after the new year.

Babrowski, 47, served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Restaurant Operations Officer since 2003. In this role, she had oversight responsibilities for Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as well as management responsibility for the operational components of the People, Products and Place strategies of our Plan to Win. This includes worldwide operations development, site development, equipment systems, menu management, research and development and training.

Prior to this leadership position, Babrowski served as president of McDonald's Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (APMEA), and was responsible for the company's nearly 7,500 restaurants in this geographic sector.

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