It was announced just days ago that McDonalds CEO Don Thompson is stepping down on March 1and will be replaced by current Global Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Executive Vice President Steve Easterbrook.  The 51-year old Thompson has been with McDonalds Corporation for the past 25 years.  There were a number of other changes announced as well in what amounts to a major shakeup in corporate leadership at the Golden Arches.  Elsewhere, Starbucks has announced the appointment of current Board member Kevin Johnson as President and Chief Operating Officer, also effective March 1.  Johnson will be replacing 23-year Starbucks veteran COO Troy Alstead, who leaves March 1 to spend more time with his family.