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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