McDonald’s names Jon Banner EVP and global chief impact officer, effective September 6. Banner joins McDonald’s after spending 10 years with PepsiCo, where he most recently served as EVP, communications and president of the PepsiCo Foundation. He was previously at Disney/ABC, working as executive producer on programs including “World News Tonight” and “This Week.” In a memo sent to the McDonald’s global System, CEO Chris Kempczinski said, “Jon is the perfect leader to oversee our Sustainability & ESG, Government Relations and Public Policy, Communications and International Corporate Relations functions, as well as Ronald McDonald House Charities—building on the momentum of the Impact function as we strengthen and protect our reputation around the world.”
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The Greater New Orleans Foundation names Courtney Thomas Barnes, VP-communications & PA. Barnes was most recently VP-communications at Berni Consulting. She has also served as communications manager for New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu and CCO for the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. “Her passion for strategic communication and keen ability to build relationships with both internal and external stakeholders throughout our region make her the ideal person to take the helm of the Foundation’s public affairs and communications initiatives,” said GNO Foundation CEO Andy Kopplin.
Denny’s moves John Dillon from the chief brand officer position at the restaurant chain to president of Denny’s Corporation. Dillon has been at Denny’s since 2007. Before that, he was CMO for the Houston Rockets. As Denny’s CMO, Dillon has heightened Denny’s America’s Diner brand positioning, launched the Denny’s on Demand delivery platform, and increased Denny’s purpose-led social responsibility impact. The company has also brought on Red Lobster chief financial officer David Schmidt as president of its Keke’s Breakfast Café unit. “John and David have distinguished track records within the restaurant industry and have demonstrated unwavering commitments to delivering exceptional guest experiences. They also are dedicated to talent development, operational rigor and technological transformation,” said Denny’s Corporation president and CEO Kelli Valade.