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.
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.