A man from Watford will be stepping up as McDonald's new president and chief executive - the fast food restaurant's first ever non-US boss.

Steve Easterbrook, who is currently the company's chief brand officer, will replace Don Thompson, who announced yesterday he would be retiring, in March.

Mr Easterbrook grew up in Watford and attended Watford Grammar School for Boys, and is also a Watford FC fanatic. He previously ran Watford's Pizza Express and Wagamama restaurants.

Mr Easterbrook said: "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Don and congratulate him on his remarkable career at McDonald's. I am honoured to lead this great brand, and am committed to working with our franchisees, suppliers and employees to drive forward our strategic business priorities to better serve our customers."

Andrew McKenna, non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: "Steve is a strong and experienced executive who successfully led our UK and European business units and the Board is confident that he can effectively lead the company to improved financial and operational performance."