John Betts appointed President in Canada as Louie Mele announces
TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited today
announced a change in its Canadian Executive Team with the appointment of John
Betts to President, following the announcement of Louie Mele's retirement.
John Betts, who will be based in Toronto, brings 38 years of McDonald's
experience to Canada. He began his career as McDonald's Crew in 1970 in New
York. He has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of
operations, field service, training and purchasing and has received many
awards for his outstanding contributions. John served as general manager in
three U.S. regions and most recently held the position of Vice President,
National Beverage Strategy.
"I am honoured and excited to be taking on this leading role in Canada,"
says Mr. Betts on his appointment. "If there's one thing I've learned over the
years at McDonald's it's how critical it is to understand our customers' needs
and be better at meeting those needs than any other foodservice provider. I
look forward to continuing to build on the tradition of excellence that has
defined the McDonald's Canadian system over the past 41 years."
Louie Mele Retires
The appointment of Mr. Betts follows the retirement of Louie Mele, who
had held the role for nearly three years. Louie began his career at McDonald's
Canada in January 1973 in his hometown of Windsor, Ontario and advanced
through various managerial positions. Mr. Mele took his Canadian McDonald's
experience overseas in 1987 when he became Director of Operations for
McDonald's Italy. In 1990, he was appointed President of McDonald's Italy.
Mr. Mele moved to the U.S. in 1995 as Vice President & Regional Manager
in Norfolk, Virginia. He became Vice President & Regional Manager in Tampa,
Florida in 1998 and returned to Canada as Chief Operating Officer in 2001
before his appointment to President in April 2005.
About McDonald's Canada
McDonald's is the leading foodservice company in the world. McDonald's
Restaurants of Canada Limited and its Canadian franchisees own and operate
more than 1,400 restaurants and employ more than 77,000 Canadians coast to
coast. Approximately 65 per cent of McDonald's Canadian restaurants are
locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. For more information
about McDonald's Canada, visit the company's web site at www.mcdonalds.ca.
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