John “Jack” Whipple was no stranger to the congressional halls of power in Washington, D.C., when he was named president of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, a division of the National Retail Federation, in May 2006. The foodservice industry veteran had already logged 25 years of service with Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s Corp., holding a number of related posts, including corporate vice president of government relations. Recently, the NCCR, together ...

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