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McDonald's President and CEO, Don Thompson, Lets his Faith Guide his Actions (Gospel Light Minute #1

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He is the president and chief executive officer of McDonald's, a position he accepted on June 30, 2012. As a former electrical engineer, he was able to help move McDonald's into a new direction by creating robotic equipment for food transport and by making control circuits for cooking. He grew up in Chicago and in Indianapolis where he attended high school. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an honorary Doctorate in Science degree from Excelsior College. He was awarded the 2012 Humanitarian Award by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and the 2010 Corporate Award by the Executive Leadership Council, among others.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he said that he is a Christian who attends church with his family in a city outside of Chicago. His Christian beliefs help him in making decisions in his personal life and in his work as the leader of McDonald's. In responding to a controversy over why a homosexual ad that ran in France will not run in the United States, he said, "I've never shied away from the fact that I'm a Christian. I have my own personal beliefs and I don't impose those on anybody else." His name is Don Thompson.