The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP

Media Statement

FA010 - 17 January 2005

Charlie Bell

I note with sadness the passing of former McDonald's Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Bell.

Mr Bell was a hard-working and successful Australian who established a significant presence in international business.

His success story, rising up the ranks of a global corporation from the suburbs of Sydney to head its international operations, is one that does Mr Bell and his country proud.

Despite his heavy business commitments Mr Bell was always happy to devote time to promoting Australia. He worked assiduously through the American Australian Association and more broadly to advance Australia's interests and foster increased economic integration between Australia and the United States.

In short, Mr Bell was a tremendously effective and enthusiastic ambassador for Australia. His efforts were greatly appreciated.

I extend my sympathy to his wife, daughter and extended family.

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