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On May 17, 2022, McDonald’s Corporation (“McDonald’s”) sent an email to its officers, managing directors and business unit leads, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 1.


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From: Desiree Ralls-Morrison

Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Subject: Important Information About the 2022 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting


As we approach our 2022 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 26, we wanted to share some updates and important information.


First, we encourage you to vote today on the WHITE proxy card FOR ALL of McDonald’s Director Nominees. Some employees may have received a gold proxy card for voting. To clarify, this has been sent by Carl Icahn to solicit support for his proxy fight against McDonald’s to replace two of the company’s highly qualified directors. We urge you to disregard any communication asking you to sign, return or vote on a gold proxy card.


Second, there is so much about our ESG commitments – specifically those related to pork welfare in the U.S. – for which our System can be proud. Mr. Icahn is using a narrow issue and one that we have demonstrated industry-leading progress on – McDonald’s 2012 pork commitment – as a reason to change the way McDonald’s sources pork in the U.S. and reduce the number of meat-based items on our menu. This would result in only one clear outcome: an untenable financial burden on our customers.


Finally, the format of this year’s meeting will be different and will be audio only. If you are a registered shareholder and plan to participate in the virtual meeting, you will need to pre-register by May 24 at 9:00 am CT. You can find more information and register for the meeting here. If you have any questions, please email McDonald’s Shareholder Services at


We can anticipate ongoing attention in the lead up to May 26, and so I ask for your support as we navigate the next couple of weeks.


Desiree Ralls-Morrison
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary


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McDonald’s has filed a definitive proxy statement and WHITE proxy card with the SEC in connection with its solicitation of proxies for its 2022 Annual Meeting. MCDONALD’S SHAREHOLDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT (AND ANY AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO), THE ACCOMPANYING WHITE PROXY CARD AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. McDonald’s shareholders may obtain a copy of the definitive proxy statement (and any amendments and supplements thereto), the accompanying WHITE proxy card and other relevant documents filed by McDonald’s with the SEC without charge from the SEC’s website at McDonald’s shareholders may also obtain a copy of these documents without charge by sending a request to or visiting the investor section of the McDonald’s website at




McDonald’s, its Directors and certain of its executive officers are participants in the solicitation of proxies from McDonald’s shareholders in connection with the matters to be considered at the 2022 Annual Meeting. Information regarding the ownership of McDonald’s Directors and executive officers in McDonald’s common stock is included in the definitive proxy statement for its 2022 Annual Meeting, filed with the SEC on April 8, 2022, which can be found through the SEC’s website at Changes to such ownership have been or will be reflected on Statements of Changes in Beneficial Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Details concerning the nominees of the McDonald’s Board of Directors for election at the 2022 Annual Meeting are also included in such definitive proxy statement.