McDonald’s Sacks CEO Over Relationship With Employee

The fast-food company has appointed Chris Kempczinski to the role of chief executive and president.

 

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Steve Easterbrook

 

McDonald’s has fired its chief executive officer Steve Easterbrook after he engaged in a relationship with a colleague, the company announced on Sunday.

The company said in a release that the board determined Easterbrook “demonstrated poor judgment” by engaging in the relationship, which is against the company’s policy.

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Steve Easterbrook in an email to McDonald’s staff wrote:

“I engaged in a recent consensual relationship with an employee, which violated McDonald’s policy. 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.”

The fast-food company has appointed Chris Kempczinski to the role of chief executive and president. He was previously president of McDonald’s US business.

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McDonald’s has invested heavily in home delivery and mobile pay initiatives in recent years, and in 2019 has unveiled a number of acquisitions to boost its drive-through operation.

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