Confidence is widespread that Don Thompson is the right man to take the reins at McDonald’s Corp. as the fast-food behemoth enters a new era of leadership.
 But there’s also no doubting that Thompson, McDonald’s president and chief operating officer since 2010, has big shoes to fill when he replaces Jim Skinner, 67, who is retiring as chief executive, effective July 1.
 During Skinner’s seven-plus-year tenure as CEO, the longtime McDonald’s veteran oversaw ...

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