As CEO, Steve Easterbrook was the embodiment of the McDonald’s corporation to stakeholders and the most potent role model for its values. Until he wasn’t.
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The board of directors of McDonald’s recently announced it was terminating the employment of CEO Steve Easterbrook because he “demonstrated poor judgment” involving a consensual relationship with another company employee.
The process followed by the board in arriving at their decision appears impeccable. Once made aware of the situation by their general counsel, a highly reputable outside law firm was retained to investigate.
Following a three-week investigation, the board held what are described as “lengthy discussions a
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