McDonald’s chief executive was dismissed for violating company policy that prohibits managers from having romantic relationships with employees, the fast-food chain announced Sunday.
Steve Easterbrook demonstrated a “lack of judgment” by engaging in a consensual way with a subaltern person. The relationship happened recently, according to the statement.
In an email sent to the company's employees, Easterbrook acknowledged that it had been a mistake and agreed with the board of directors that it was time to leave office, the AP reported.RELATED
The company immediately announced its new executive president. This is Chris Kemp, who served as president of McDonald's USA, a position in which he was responsible for about 14,000 restaurants in the country.
McDonald’s said the change in leadership is not related to the financial or operational performance of the company.
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