The big cheese at McDonald’s has been ousted for having a relationship with an employee, the company announced yesterday. Steve Easterbrook — who had been the fast-food giant’s chief executive officer since 2015 — “separated from the company” after its board of directors found that he violated McDonald’s policy, it said in a statement. The burger chain’s board found that Easterbrook, 52, “demonstrated poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee.” Managers are forbidden from engaging in romantic relationships with employees under the company’s policy.
The board voted Friday to terminate Easterbrook after investigating his relationship with the unidentified staffer, The Wall Street Journal reported. In an e-mail to staffers yesterday, Easterbrook — who took home $15.9 million in pay last year — apologized and acknowledged the dalliance was a mistake. “Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on,” he wrote.
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