McDonald’s has fired its chief Executive, Steve Easterbrook, over a relationship he had with an employee thus violating the company policy.
According to a report by BBC news, the company said the relationship was consensual, but Easterbrook had “violated company policy” and shown “poor judgment”
However, through an email to the staff he acknowledged the relationship and said it was a mistake.
“Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on,” he said.
The fast food giant’s board is said to have voted on Easterbrook’s departure on Friday after a review. According to the company’s rules, Managers are prohibited from becoming romantically involved with a subordinate.
The report further states that, Easterbrook will be replaced by Chris Kempczinki, most recently president of McDonald’s USA.
In a statement, Mr Kempczinski thanked Mr Easterbrook for his contributions, adding: “Steve brought me into McDonald’s and he was a patient and helpful mentor.”
Easterbrook first worked for McDonald’s in 1993 as a manager in London but later left to become the boss of Pizza Express and then Asian food Chain Wagamama. He returned to McDonald’s in 2013, rising to become its head in the UK and northern Europe.
In 2015 he was appoint the Chief Executive of McDonald’s and has been credited for refreshing the firm’s menus and restaurant through refurbishing the stores and using better ingredients. Through this, the value of its shares doubled up in the US.
Under his leadership, McDonald’s also expanded its delivery and mobile payment options to emphasize convenience.