James A. Skinner
James A. Skinner was named chairman of the Walgreen Co. board of directors in July 2012 and has served as a board member since 2005. He is a retired vice chairman and chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corporation. Before being named CEO in November 2004, Skinner served as vice chairman overseeing restaurant operations in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Skinner held numerous leadership positions during his McDonald’s career. Before becoming vice chairman, he served as president and chief operating officer of the McDonald’s Restaurant Group, with responsibility for the company’s more than 30,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 118 countries. Prior to that, Skinner was president of McDonald’s Europe.
He joined McDonald’s International management team in 1992 as senior vice president and relationship partner, overseeing McDonald’s development in Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.
After serving in the United States Navy for nearly 10 years, Skinner began his career with McDonald’s in 1971 as a restaurant manager trainee in Carpentersville, Ill. He advanced quickly and held numerous positions in the U.S. company, including director of field operations, market manager, regional vice president and U.S. senior vice president/zone manager.
In addition, he has twice served as an advisory director to McDonald’s Corporation’s board of directors and currently serves on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Illinois Tool Works and Hewlett Packard.
Skinner is also a member of several civic and business organizations, including The Chicago Club, The Commercial Club of Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Museum of Science and Industry.