Alvarez Takes Helm of McD’s in U.S., Canada

CHICAGO McDonald’s has named Ralph Alvarez president of its North American operations as part of several management changes. Alvarez was previously president of McDonald’s USA.

In his new post, Alvarez will have oversight over the Oak Brook, Ill., company’s U.S. and Canadian operations.

Elsewhere, the company promoted Tim Fenton to president of Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Fenton, who was president of the East division of McDonald’s USA, replaces Marvin Whaley, who is retiring from the company.

In the U.S., Jeff Stratton, who was McDonald’s chief operations officer, was named executive vice president of the restaurant solutions group. The evp of that group, Don Thompson, was named chief operations officer.

“These organizational changes and promotions capitalize on our deep bench of worldwide management talent,” said McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner in a statement. “They will further drive the progress we are making behind McDonald’s ‘Plan to Win’ by increasing focus on the strategic drivers of our business.”

This item corrects a photo that accompanied the story originally posted on Jan. 27, 2005.