McDonald’s CEO to Retire – Good News for Public Health?

After 41 years with McDonald’s, Jim Skinner will be replaced as CEO by Donald Thompson, the company’s current president, reports Time. In a press release, Corporate Accountability International (CAI) reflects on Skinner’s tenure. Child obesity rates have risen in his eight years as CEO, with studies linking fast food and its marketing to the epidemic of diet-related diseases. McDonald’s has dismissed health concerns, fought menu labeling and spent millions on misleading PR. CAI hopes that Thompson will reverse these trends that have sacrificed health to boost profit.