McDonald’s just sent its CEO packing without so much as a Happy Meal after learning he’d been banging a fellow employee — a big no-no in the trusty Golden Arches’ handbook.
The fast-food chain made the announcement Sunday, saying Steve Easterbrook — who’d been in charge since 2015 — had “separated” from the company after a consensual relationship between him and a subordinate came to light. Sounds like he was fired for it.
In a blog post naming Chris Kempczinski as the new chief, they made note that Easterbrook screwed up. Mickey D’s says … “Kempczinski succeeds Steve Easterbrook, who has separated from the Company following the Board’s determination that he violated company policy and demonstrated poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee.”
It’s unclear who exactly the employee was, or how the company even heard about this — but either way … Easterbrook’s out. He also reportedly resigned from the Board itself, and even wrote an email to lower-level employees further explaining his departure.
Easterbrook reportedly wrote, “This (relationship) was a mistake. Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on. Beyond this, I hope you can respect my desire to maintain my privacy.” BTW, the guy’s single … divorced, it seems.
Considering they’re pushing this as a consensual thing, you gotta wonder what the big deal is for McDonald’s brass. Ya can’t have your apple pie there and eat it too, apparently.