Fred L. Turner | Former McDonald's CEO, 80

Posted: January 10, 2013

Fred L. Turner, 80, a former McDonald's executive who helped expand the fast-food chain's global footprint and spearheaded the creation of "Hamburger University," died Monday night after suffering complications from pneumonia, the company said.

During his time as chief executive officer from 1974 to 1987, McDonald's more than tripled its number of locations and set up shop in dozens of new markets. The chain, based in Oak Brook, Ill., has about 34,000 locations worldwide.

He spearheaded the creation of McDonald's Hamburger University in 1961, the company said. The school is a training curriculum for managers, franchisees, and other employees. Today, there are seven Hamburger Universities globally, including one at the company's headquarters that was renamed the Fred L. Turner Training Center in 2004.

Mr. Turner was one of founder Ray Kroc's first employees in 1956. He was elected chairman and CEO in 1977 and served in that capacity until 1987. He retired in 2004 and became honorary chairman. - AP

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