“I think that working 16 years in a system is too long. I’ve reached a stage of saturation. I am the longest-serving manager of the company in Europe. I am grateful to the company, I learned a lot from it, I remain attached to the brand but I am determined to pursue my own ventures. I will provide you with more details in a month or two. For the moment, all I need is rest. It will be a family business, related to a large global brand. It will not be linked to HoReCa”, Marian Alecu (photo) told Wall-Street.

Karen Bishop, COO of McDonald’s Russia & Eastern Europe will take up the new role as managing director of the fast-food restaurant chain in Romania on October 1. She brings a 28-year experience in McDonald’s group.

McDonald’s Romania is the fully-owned subsidiary of McDonald’s Corporation and reported sales of €400 mln last year, 30% more than in 2007.

According to group’s Q1 2009 financial report, global sales increased by 6.1% compared to year-ago quarter.