McDonald’s has fired its chief executive and president Steve Easterbrook after he had a relationship with an employee.
The US fast food giant McDonald’s board of directors determined that Steve Easterbrook “violated company policy” and “demonstrated poor judgment” in a consensual relationship with the unidentified staffer, McDonald’s said in a statement.
“Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on,” Steve Easterbrook said in email to staff.
“this was a mistake.” He said.
The board named Chris Kempczinski, as its new CEO and president after Watford-born Mr Easterbrook’s departure on Friday.
Kempczinski, 51, who joined McDonald’s in 2015 and recently served as president of McDonald’s USA.
“Steve brought me into McDonald’s and he was a patient and helpful mentor.” Mr Kempczinski thanked Mr Easterbrook for his contributions in a statement.