OAK BROOK, Ill., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- McDonald's USA
recently announced the promotion of William (Bill) Whitman, Jr. to Vice
President, U.S. Communications. Whitman replaces Richard Ellis, who
re-joined McDonald's Restaurants of Canada, Limited. In his new role,
Whitman will report directly to Don Thompson, President, McDonald's USA.
"A tireless McDonald's brand ambassador and company spokesperson,
Bill's unique dedication to our brand has made a true and positive impact
on our business," Thompson said. "Over the past two years, our U.S.
Communications team has played a greater role in accelerating our U.S.
Business results and Bill's appointment further ensures solid leadership in
this critical area of our business."
As Vice President of Communications, Whitman serves as the Chief
Communications Officer for the U.S. Company. He will oversee Management
Communications, Internal and External Communications, Media Relations,
Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement and continue to serve as the
chief spokesman for the U.S. Company.
As a member of McDonald's U.S. Executive Leadership Team, Whitman will
work closely with McDonald's U.S. and Senior leadership, franchisees,
suppliers and other key stakeholders to define communications strategies
and tactics that drive McDonald's U.S. Plan to Win and expand strategic
partnerships and alliances across all facets of the McDonald's system.
"Bill started his McDonald's career 10 years ago as a Supervisor of
Media Relations with McDonald's Corporate Communications Department," said
Steve Russell, Chief People Officer, McDonald's USA. "Since then, he has
progressed through a number of increasingly senior communications and
public affairs positions. As one of the largest employers in the quick
service restaurant industry, McDonald's is continuing its commitment to
providing opportunities and career enhancement at all levels within the
organization -- Bill exemplifies this commitment."
Most recently, Whitman was Senior Director, Media Relations and Public
Affairs, McDonald's USA.
In this role, he served as the chief spokesman for McDonald's USA. He
was responsible for developing and directing Media Relations, Public
Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement strategies and tactics to drive
McDonald's U.S. Business results. He was also responsible for managing
crises and issues as well as media and crisis communications training for
Prior to joining McDonald's, Whitman held communications and public
affairs positions at Exxon USA and Fleishman-Hillard.
With more than 20 years experience in communications, Whitman has
received recognition throughout his career from local, national and
international organizations, including McDonald's Corporation, Exxon
Corporation, Fleishman- Hillard International Communications, the National
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the United Way and others.
Whitman is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Fine Arts and Communications.
McDonald's USA, LLC is the leading foodservice provider in the United
States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients
to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald's
13,700 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local
franchisees. McDonald's is an equal Opportunity Employer committed to a
diverse workforce. For more information about opportunity at McDonald's
SOURCE McDonald's USA