McDonald’s CEO fired over relationship with employee

McDonald’s chief executive, Steve Easterbrook, has been fired after having a relationship with an employee.

The fast food giant said Easterbrook had “violated company policy” and shown “poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee”.

The BBC said Easterbrook “acknowledged” the relationship and said it was a “mistake”. He added: “Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on.”

On 1 March 2015 he became the CEO of the company, succeeding Don Thompson, who stepped down on 28 January 2015.

Easterbrook will be replaced by Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald’s USA.

Enrique Hernandez Jr., chairman of McDonald’s board of directors, said: “Chris takes the reins of this great company at a time of strong, sustained performance, and the Board has every confidence that he is the best leader to set the vision and drive the plans for the Company’s continued success.

“He has the right mix of skills and experience to lead us forward having run our U.S. business, where franchisees are delivering strong financial and operational results, and overseen global strategy, business development and innovation.”

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