On Monday, Ed Morrissey looked into the sudden, unceremonious departure of McDonald’s CEO Steven Easterbrook after it was revealed that he’d been in a consensual sexual relationship with one of his underlings. Since that time, we’ve learned that the company’s “chief people officer,” David Fairhurst, has also packed up his things and departed. The company isn’t saying if these two departures are related or not, but it would be quite the coincidence if someone that high up the ladder just happened to decide to go spend more time with his family within 24 hours.
Ed covered all the nuts and bolts of the story, as well as how the decision likely played out, so if you happened to miss it, you can go back to the link above and catch up. There was one aspect of this story, however, that sort of set off some internal alarms for me, and I wanted to toss this out there for our readers’ consideration. Let’s go back to the NBC News coverage of the story for a moment and consider one key part of the facts as they’ve been portrayed thus far. (Emphasis added.)
McDonald’s announced Sunday that its chief executive has “separated from the company” after demonstrating “poor judgement” in having a relationship with an employee.
The company said in a press release that Steve Easterbrook violated company policy by engaging in the consensual relationship, but did not provide further details.