McDonald’s CEO steps down after relationship with employee


"Easterbrook... 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", the company said in a statement.

"This was a mistake", Mr Easterbrook said of the relationship in an email to employees on Sunday (local time) released by the company.

Kempczinski, 51, said he is "thrilled" to be taking on a larger role in the company and is "energized" by the new challenge ahead of him. I can't comment on his conduct - except to say that in 2019, it's unsurprising, and a good thing, that these kinds of things are taken seriously.

In a letter responding to an inquiry from US Senator Tammy Duckworth, from the chain's home state of Illinois, Easterbrook said the company has improved its policy and is committed "to ensuring a harassment and bias-free workplace". Details of Easterbrook's separation package will be released Monday in a federal filing, according to a company spokesman.

McDonald's converted 1,500 stores so far this year to the EOTF design and expects to complete 2,000 by year's end, including all corporate units. He was promoted to head USA operations in 2017.

He joins a growing list of chief executives forced out over relationships with employees as more companies implement rules against dating subordinates in the #MeToo era.

The burger giant had to fire Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook on Friday after learning of Easterbrook's inappropriate relationship with an unnamed employee.

"The board has every confidence that he is the best leader to set the vision and drive the plans for the company's continued success". "I'm seeing more companies add them to their anti-harassment policies".

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Easterbrook took McDonald's CEO reins in March 25, succeeding Don Thompson.

Mr Kempczinski was recruited by Mr Easterbrook and was responsible for running McDonald's operations in the US. He also sits on the board of Walmart.

The remodeling of the company's 14,000 US restaurants includes introducing digital ordering kiosks, mobile ordering and pay-and-pickup services, while partnering with app-based delivery services GrubHub Inc, Uber Eats and DoorDash.

Without knowing, I'd have to guess that this whole situation became an issue within McDonald's over the weekend.

McDonald's, too, praised Kempczinski's contributions.

McDonald's announced that Easterbrook would be immediately replaced by Chris Kempczinski, the president of McDonald's USA.

That said, I'm highly impressed (from a professional perspective) at how McDonald's handled all of this via its press statements Sunday.