OAK BROOK, Ill. — Tim Fenton, currently president of McDonald’s Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) and a 39-year veteran with the company, has been named chief operating officer, effective July 1. He will succeed Don Thompson, who will take over for James Skinner as president and chief executive officer on the same date when Skinner retires.

“Tim is one of our most seasoned global leaders and has done a remarkable job growing our international business,” Skinner said. “He has extensive experience, knowledge and passion for our brand and has been an integral part of McDonald’s global success.”

Fenton began his career with McDonald’s in 1973 as a crew member in Utica, NY. As president of McDonald’s APMEA, he is accountable for 37 countries and more than 8,800 McDonald's restaurants. Prior to his current role in APMEA, Fenton was president of the East Division for McDonald’s USA. Earlier, he was senior vice-president of Southeast Asia/Middle East/Africa, as well as vice-president and managing director of McDonald’s Middle East Development Co.

In addition, Fenton held numerous operations and leadership positions in Asia, Poland, Central Europe, and the United States.