May 19, 2020

McDonald's Appoints New President for USA Operations

Jan Fields
McDonald's
Jeff Stratton
McDonald's President
Bizclik Editor
2 min
McDonald's Appoints New President for USA Operations

 

McDonald’s Corporation announced today that Jeff Stratton will take over as President of McDonald’s USA effective December 1st. Stratton, currently Global Chief Restaurant Officer, is taking over for Jan Fields who has been with McDonald’s for over 35 years.

"I'm honored to assume this leadership role and will remain focused on growing our business and elevating our Brand," said Stratton. "The great people of this company and our loyal customers fuel my strong passion for McDonald's."

Speculated as a move made deliberately by McDonalds in response to a 2.2 percent decrease in US sales in October, Stratton currently oversees global operations of 34,000 McDonald’s restaurants. Stratton will directly report to McDonald’s CEO Tim Fenton.

"Jeff's roots in restaurant operations, his strong leadership and his innovative actions driving our Plan to Win framework make him the right choice to lead the U.S. business," said Fenton. "Don and I are confident in Jeff's deep experience and his dedication to finding solutions that are right for our customers and shareholders."

Fields' career of over three decades at McDonald’s included a lot of accomplishments such as the continually expanding McCafe beverage menu, the modernization of McDonald’s restaurants, and the implementation of National Hiring Day in which the company recruited 60,000 new employees. Fields' lengthy career at McDonald’s evolved from humble beginnings in which she started as a restaurant crew member.

 

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“We appreciate and salute Jan for more than three decades of inspired leadership and impactful service under the Arches," said McDonald's President and Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson. "All of us who know Jan will miss her genuine nature and quick-witted humor. We wish Jan the very best."

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May 12, 2021

How innovation is transforming government

United States Air Force
Leidos
Bizclik Editor
3 min
Leidos is a global leader in the development and application of technology to solve their customers’ most demanding challenges.

According to Washington Technology’s Top 100 list, Leidos is the largest IT provider to the government. But as Lieutenant General William J. Bender explains, “that barely scratches the surface” of the company’s portfolio and drive for innovation.

Bender, who spent three and a half decades in the military, including a stint as the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), has seen action in the field and in technology during that time, and it runs in the family. Bender’s son is an F-16 instructor pilot. So it stands to reason Bender Senior intends to ensure a thriving technological base for the U.S. Air Force. “What we’re really doing here is transforming the federal government from the industrial age into the information age and doing it hand-in-hand with industry,” he says.

The significant changes that have taken place in the wider technology world are precisely the capabilities Leidos is trying to pilot the U.S. Air Force through. It boils down to developing cyberspace as a new domain of battle, globally connected and constantly challenged by the threat of cybersecurity attacks.

“We recognize the importance of the U.S. Air Force’s missions,” says Bender, “and making sure they achieve those missions. We sit side-by-side with the air combat command, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance infrastructure across the Air Force. There are multiple large programs where the Air Force is partnering with Leidos to ensure their mission is successfully accomplished 24/7/365. In this company, we’re all in on making sure there’s no drop in capability.”

That partnership relies on a shared understanding of delivering successful national security outcomes, really understanding the mission at hand, and Leidos’ long-standing relationship of over 50 years with the federal government.

To look at where technology is going, Bender thinks it is important to look back at the last 10 to 15 years. “What we’ve seen is a complete shift in how technology gets developed,” he says. “It used to be that the government invested aggressively in research and development, and some of those technologies, once they were launched in a military context, would find their way into the commercial space. That has shifted almost a hundred percent now, where the bulk of the research and development dollars and the development of tech-explicit technologies takes place in the commercial sector.”

“There’s a long-standing desire to adopt commercial technology into defense applications, but it’s had a hard time crossing the ‘valley of death’ [government slang for commercial technologies and partnerships that fail to effectively transition into government missions]. Increasingly we’re able to do that. We need to look at open architectures and open systems for a true plug-and-play capability. Instead of buying it now and trying to guess what it’s going to be used for 12 years from now, it should be evolving iteratively.”

 

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