Mike Andres (left) and Jeff Stratton

OAK BROOK, Ill. – Mike Andres, a former McDonald's executive, was named McDonald's USA president effective Oct. 15, the company announced. Jeff Stratton, current McDonald's USA president, announced his retirement.

"I'm thrilled to be back at McDonald's," Andres said. "It's an honor to return to the industry leader as part of a talented team. Together, we'll focus on our customers as we capitalize on the opportunities in the US market."

Andres began his career with McDonald's Corp. working in his family's McDonald's franchise in Northern California. He spent 30 years with the company in a variety of roles. From 2001 to 2007, Andres was president and CEO of Boston Market while it was a McDonald's subsidiary. He also served as president of the Central Division in the US from 2010 to 2012.

"Mike is the ideal leader to take McDonald's USA into the future. He is a progressive, strategic thinker with a deep understanding of consumers and the marketplace and a track record of translating those insights into successful results," said Don Thompson, president and CEO. "Mike brings a wealth of knowledge of McDonald's and has built strong relationships across the system, as well as broader experience in the Informal Eating Out industry. He's a dynamic, proven leader and I am confident he will help lead our US business to the next level."