McDonald’s CEO steps down after explosive email discovered

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Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s CEO since March 2015 has been forced to step down. An e-mail at the company uncovered he had a relationship with a subordinate. Managers at McDonald’s are not allowed to have relationships with subordinates.

The board called a vote for the dismissal of Easterbrook.

He had “violated company policy” and has shown “poor judgement”.

“Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on,” Easterbrook said.

Chris Kempczinski will replacement with immediate effect. Kempczinski was President for McDonald’s US operations.