CHICAGO – McDonald’s Corp.’s board of directors approved several changes to the company’s global business after Doug Goare, International Lead Markets and Chief Restaurant Officer, announced his retirement effective Dec. 31 after 40 years with the quick-service burger company.

On Jan. 1, 2019, McDonald’s new organizational structure will go into force:

  • Chris Kempczinski will continue as president of McDonald’s USA.
  • Joe Erlinger will lead the International Operated Markets (IOM) as president. The IOM segment comprises wholly owned markets or countries in which the company operates restaurants includes Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. He currently is president of High Growth Markets.
  • Ian Borden will lead the remaining markets as president, International Developmental Licensed Markets (IDL). McDonald’s corporate activities also will be reported within this segment. Borden currently is president of Foundational Markets.

“Doug has been an important leader whose career at McDonald’s has spanned multiple continents and his expertise has contributed greatly to the success of our business today,” Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’ president and CEO said. “I have always valued his wise counsel and his passion for elevating the experience for our customers and crew. We thank Doug for his steadfast leadership and wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”