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McDonald’s adds a Disney executive to its board of directors

Kareem Daniel, chairman of media and entertainment distribution at Walt Disney Co., is the fourth new director this year.
Kareem Daniel McDonald's
Kareem Daniel is the fourth new member of McDonald's board of directors this year. / Photo courtesy of McDonald's.

McDonald’s named Kareem Daniel to its board of directors on Monday, giving the burger giant its fourth new board member this year.

Daniel is the chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution at The Walt Disney Co., where he oversees content investment decisions as well as digital streaming services, television channels and film distribution.

That experience is relevant for a company making a major push on digital ordering and loyalty programs.

Enrique Hernandez, McDonald’s chairman, said Daniel’s “dynamic business experience, deep consumer expertise and proven values-based leadership will be hugely additive to our board of directors.”

Daniel’s appointment was effective Oct. 1. He joins recently elected board members Anthony Capuano, Jennifer Taubert and Amy Weaver.

Daniel has worked with Disney for more than 15 years and helped grow the company’s streaming services Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. He also created the Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution’s Executive DE&I Council to focus more on inclusion.

Daniel’s “unparalleled consumer insight and deep experience creating innovative and immersive experiences for customers at one of the world’s most iconic consumer companies will greatly benefit McDonald’s as we build deeper connections with our customers,” CEO Chris Kempczinski said in a statement.

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