the McDonald's board of directors. It's easy to see the logic in this approach when the
company was young and growing and all involved had an interest in building a strong
system. That's when Fred Turner began using the "three legged stool" analogy.
But the supplier leg got shaky in the 1990s and let two successive CEO failures stay in
the job far too long. It's was impossible for the board members to force changes when
the CEO was one of their biggest (or only) customers.
After McKenna there does not appear to be any board members with a direct McDonald's supplier connection.