McDonald's hires Hilton alum Katie Fallon as chief global impact officer

She will head a newly created global impact team focused on purpose.

McDonald's has named Katie Fallon EVP and chief global impact officer.
McDonald's has named Katie Fallon EVP and chief global impact officer.

CHICAGO: McDonald's has hired Katie Fallon as EVP and chief global impact officer to lead a newly created global impact team focused on purpose. 

Fallon reports to president and CEO Chris Kempczinski and the team will consolidate the functions of comms, government relations, sustainability, and oversight of corporate philanthropy and ESG strategy, according to a McDonald’s statement.

Her direct reports include VP of global communications Michael Gonda; VP of U.S. communications Dave Tovar; VP of sustainability Jenny McColloch; and VP of government relations Genna Gent.  In addition, Fallon will manage McDonald’s relationship with Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Fallon was EVP of global corporate affairs for Hilton.

Fallon's responsibilities leading communications and external affairs at Hilton will be shifted to another member of the executive committee, a company spokesperson said via email.

"Over the last four years, Katie has led our communications and external affairs function, realizing the ambitious goal of connecting our founding purpose to our team members, owners, guests and communities," said Hilton president and CEO Chris Nassetta, via email. "I want to thank Katie for her vast contributions to Hilton during her tenure with us and wish her all the best in her next endeavor."

Before Hilton, Fallon was senior adviser and director of legislative affairs and chief congressional liaison to President Barack Obama, according to the announcement from McDonald’s. She also worked as the White House deputy communications director.

Earlier this year, McDonald’s reorganized its global communications team into three newly formed core areas to drive business impact and deliver business value: strategies and campaigns, focused on food, people and planet; core capabilities, comprised of strategic communications, media relations and international comms; and inputs, which includes insights and issues.

In July, McDonald's reported that revenue dropped 30% from $5.4 million in Q2 2019 to $3.7 million in Q2 this year. Q2 net income was $483.8 million.

This story was updated on October 1 with additional information and quotes from Nassetta. 

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