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The Changing of the Guard

They say the only thing you can count on is change. That adage is especially true in the quick-service C-suite, where new career opportunities can leave a company without its top executive at any time.

This year has already witnessed a slew of CEO shake-ups, perhaps none as significant as when Jim Skinner retired and turned McDonald’s over to the capable hands of Don Thompson. Such moves often force even the most seasoned executives to reconsider how succession is handled within their own organizations.