INDIANAPOLIS — Don Thompson,
president and CEO of McDonald’s Corp., will be the featured speaker at the 2014
Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry on Feb. 1 at the Indiana State
Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
Thompson, a Purdue alumnus, will speak about the path he took
from being a Purdue engineering graduate to his current position in leading the
world’s largest food service company, which employs 1.8 million people
He also will share a view into “the McDonald’s you may not know,”
focusing on how the company maintains the quality of the food it serves to 69
million customers in 119 countries daily.
“We’re very excited to have Don Thompson as our featured speaker
at the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry,” said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of
Purdue Agriculture. “He is an exceptional leader, a Boilermaker, a member of
our Board of Trustees and CEO of the world’s leading food service retailer. His
message will be one our College
of Agriculture alumni,
friends and stakeholders won’t want to miss.”
Thompson has helped drive business results and global strategic
innovation across McDonald’s since joining the company in 1990. He has held key
leadership positions in the company’s largest business segment — McDonald’s U.S.A. —
including as division president, chief operating officer and president. In
2010, Thompson was appointed president and COO and became CEO two years later.
Thompson serves on the boards of Purdue
University, McDonald’s Corp., Ronald
McDonald House Charities, Catalyst and Chicago’s
Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
He also is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club, The Economic
Club, World Business Chicago and the Arthur M. Brazier Foundation.
Thompson received a bachelor of science degree in electrical
engineering from Purdue and an honorary doctorate in science from Excelsior College.
The Fish Fry will be held at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion beginning
at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets will go on sale Nov. 1 for $25 each and tables of 10 for
$250. Bus transportation will be available from West Lafayette, and advance parking permits
for the fairgrounds also are for sale.
Tickets can be ordered by phone at (765) 494-8593 or by
downloading the order form at www.ag.purdue.edu/agalumni.