H&R Block has named a new president and CEO, Russ Smyth, the former president of McDonald's Europe.

Smyth replaces Alan Bennett, who has served as interim CEO since November 2007. He has a 21-year-long career with the fast food giant, including 13 years in financial accounting and controller positions. He worked as McDonald's European controller in London before he returned to the U.S. as international controller.

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