Chris Kempczinski

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Chris Kempczinski
Christopher John Kempczinski

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

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

Early life[edit]

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 life[edit]

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