McDonald’s announced Steve Easterbrook’s departure Sunday, saying the CEO demonstrated poor judgment by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee.
McDonald’s chief executive officer has been pushed out of the company after violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee, the corporation said Sunday.
The fast food giant said former president and CEO Steve Easterbrook demonstrated poor judgement, and that McDonald’s forbids managers from having romantic relation-ships with direct or indirect subordinates.
In an email to employees, Easterbrook acknowledged he had a relationship with an employee 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,” Easterbrook said, in the email.
McDonald’s board of directors voted on Easterbrook’s departure Friday after conducting a thorough review. Details of Easterbrook’s separation package will be released Mon-day in a federal filing, according to a company spokesperson. He will also be leaving the company’s board. Easterbrook was CEO from 2015 to 2019.
McDonald’s would not provide details about the employee with whom Easterbrook was involved, and an attorney for Easterbrook declined to answer questions.