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Chris Kempczinski

Christopher John Kempczinski (born 1967/1968) is an American business executive, and the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of McDonald's Corporation.

Chris Kempczinski
Christopher John Kempczinski

1967/1968 (age 51–52)[1]
OccupationBusiness executive
EmployerMcDonald's Corporation
TitlePresident and CEO
PredecessorSteve Easterbrook

Early lifeEdit

Christopher John Kempczinski is the son of Richard Kempczinski, who was an associate professor of surgery and chief of vascular surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center,[2] and Ann Marie Kempczinski (née Campbell), who was a kindergarten teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio.[3] He attended Indian Hill High School in suburban Cincinnati.[2]

Kempczinski earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.[4][5]


Kempczinski started his career with Procter & Gamble in brand management, and worked for four years in its soap sector division, before leaving to attend Harvard Business School (HBS). After HBS he became a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, focusing on consumer products and pharmaceuticals.[3]

In 2000, Kempczinski joined PepsiCo in its corporate strategy & development group, and in 2006, was VP, Marketing, Non Carbonated Beverages, Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages.[3]

Before joining McDonald's, Kempczinski worked for Kraft Foods as executive vice president of growth initiatives, and president of Kraft International.[6] He left Kraft in September 2015.[5]

Kempczinski joined the McDonald's global strategy team in late 2015, and was promoted to president of McDonald's USA in October 2016.[5] In November 2019, he succeeded Steve Easterbrook as president and CEO, after Easterbrook was voted out by the board for having a relationship with an employee in contravention of company rules.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

As of 2008, Kempczinski is married, with two children.[3]


  1. ^ Haddon, Heather (November 3, 2019). "McDonald's Fires CEO Steve Easterbrook Over Relationship With Employee". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Richard Kempczinski Obituary - Cincinnati, Ohio". Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Advertising Hall of Achievement: 2008 Inductees". American Advertising Federation. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "Bloomberg profile: Chris Kempczinski". Bloomberg Markets. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Morrell, Dan (November 30, 2017). "Happy Meals (Are Here Again)". Harvard Business School Alumni. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Chris Kempczinski". McDonald's. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "McDonald's CEO steps down after relationship with employee". Evening Express. Press Association. November 3, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
Business positions
Preceded by
Steve Easterbrook
CEO of McDonald's
Succeeded by