Steve Easterbrook

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Steve Easterbrook
Stephen James Easterbrook

August 1967 (age 51–52)
Watford, England
ResidenceChicago, Illinois, US
EducationWatford Grammar School for Boys
Alma materDurham University
Salary$15.4 million (2016)[1]
TitleCEO, McDonald's
TermMarch 2015-
PredecessorDon Thompson

Stephen James Easterbrook (born August 1967) is a British corporate executive.[2] On 1 March 2015, after being chief brand officer of McDonald's and its former head in the UK and northern Europe, he became the CEO of the company, succeeding Don Thompson, who stepped down on 28 January 2015.[3]

Early life[edit]

Stephen James Easterbrook was born in August 1967.[4][5][6] He grew up in Watford[7][8] and was educated there at Watford Grammar School for Boys.[6] He studied natural sciences at St Chad's College, Durham University, where he played cricket with fellow student, Nasser Hussain, who would later become England cricket captain.[6]


After university, he trained as an accountant with Price Waterhouse.[6] Easterbrook first worked for McDonald’s in 1993 as a manager in London. In 2011 he left to become CEO of PizzaExpress and then CEO of Wagamama, two British casual dining chains, before returning to McDonald’s in 2013.[9]

On 1 March 2015, after being chief brand officer, and its former head in the UK and northern Europe, he succeeded Don Thompson as CEO.[3] For 2016, Easterbrook's total compensation almost doubled to $15.4 million.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is divorced[10] with three children, who visit McDonald's two or three times a month.[6] He lives in Illinois, and is a Watford FC football fan.[11]


  1. ^ a b Bomkamp, Samantha (13 April 2017). "McDonald's CEO Easterbrook sees pay package nearly double to $15.4 million". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ "STEPHEN JAMES EASTERBROOK - Company Director Check". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Neate, Rupert (29 January 2015). "McDonald's chief executive steps down after sales slump". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Wagamama Limited". Companies House. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Stephen J. Easterbrook". Bloomberg. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e Thompson, James (10 June 2010). "Steve Easterbrook: An appetite for more growth at McDonald's UK". The Independent. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  7. ^ Trotman, Andrew (28 January 2015). "McDonald's names UK-born Steve Easterbrook as new chief executive". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  8. ^ Monaghan, Angela (2015-01-29). "Profile: McDonald's chief executive Steve Easterbrook". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  9. ^ Giammona, Craig (28 January 2015). "McDonald's CEO Don Thompson to Step Down". Bloomberg. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  10. ^ Duke, Simon (7 January 2018). "Steve Easterbrook: The wizard from Watford shaking up McDonald's". Retrieved 19 June 2019 – via
  11. ^ Robertson, Jamie (29 January 2015). "Steve Easterbrook's new McJob". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
Business positions
Preceded by
Don Thompson
CEO of McDonald's
Succeeded by