McDonald’s Sacks Global CEO Over Relationship With Employee

Ljubljana, Slovenia - September 3, 2011: Close-up of McDonalds outdoor sign with  typical rounded yellow M letter against cloudless blue sky. Sign is positioned on the left side of image.

McDonald’s announced it has fired global CEO Steve Easterbrook over the weekend, following a consensual relationship with an employee.

In a release, McDonald’s revealed¬†Easterbrook was leaving the company after the Board had determined he exercised “poor judgement” in having the relationship.

In an email to employees, Easterbrook conceded the relationship was a “mistake”.

“As for my departure, I engaged in a recent consensual relationship with an employee, which violated McDonald’s policy,” he wrote.

“This was a mistake. Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on. Beyond this, I hope you can respect my desire to maintain my privacy.”

Upon announcing Easterbook’s “separation” from the company, the fast-food company also revealed his successor.

Former McDonald’s USA president Chris¬†Kempczinski will take over the role, effective immediately.

“I’m thrilled to be leading this incredible company. Working alongside our talented team, our Board, our franchisees and suppliers, I am committed to upholding our rich heritage of serving our customers and driving value for our shareholders and other stakeholders,” he said.


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