McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook has been spotted for the first time since he was fired from the fast food giant over an affair with an employee, breaking a cover while heading to an Apple store to buy a new one. laptop, exclusive DailyMail.com photos of the show.
The 52-year-old used the cover of darkness to make a trip to the store on Wednesday night, dressed in jeans, sneakers and a quilted jacket.
The British-born businessman admitted earlier this week that he had presented & # 39; poor judgment & # 39; after starting a relationship with another employee, whose identity has not been revealed.
Although the union was sympathetic, it violated a company policy that forbade managers from having romantic relationships with any submissive, costing Easterbrook his $ 16 million-a-year job.
He was publicly seen as it was revealed that he had previously escaped censorship for another office romance. He dated Denise Paleothodoros, 46, when he was assigned to the McDonald's account of his PR firm Golin, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Steve Easterbrook being seen for the first time since he was fired from McDonald & # 39; s because of a romance with an employee, breaking the cover while heading to an Apple store to buy a new laptop on Wednesday night, the DailyMail.com exclusive pictures show
Easterbrook was at Apple's store for about 30 minutes to buy his new laptop, talking to an Apple store employee for most of his visit
After setting up her slick new computer, she went home holding it. a bag of Apple
Businessman born in Britain admitted earlier this week that it had presented a 'bad judgment. & # 39; Then start a relationship with another employee. Although the relationship was agreed upon, it violated a company policy that prohibited managers from having romantic relationships with any of the parties, costing Easterbrook its $ 16 million-a-year job
Easterbrook was in Apple shop for about 30 minutes to buy his new laptop, talking to a store employee for most of his visit.
After establishing his handsome new computer, he returned home holding a bag.
The McDonald's board of directors voted for Easterbrook's departure last Friday after a review of his conduct concluded that he had & # 39; ve shown poor judgment & # 39;
The WSJ also reports that the board of directors of McDonald's began investigating Easterbrook's more recent romance three weeks ago.
Following an internal investigation, the firm's counsel, Jerry Krulewitch, informed the board and hired a New York City law firm. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to evaluate legal risk.
The investigation concluded that the relationship was & # 39; short-term and conciliatory & # 39; but it raised questions about Easterbrook's judgment and he was fired.
Details about his relationship, including who he was with and for how long, have not been disclosed.
However, the identification of the previous female partner with her was revealed.
His two-year romance with Paleothodoros became apparent in 2015 but the fast food company ended the relationship without breaking its rules.
Steve Easterbrook, 52, dated Denise Paleothodoros, 46, (pictured) when he was assigned to McDonald's account by his PR firm
The employers of Paleothodoros (pictured) is Golin, moving him to another account
The same year Easterbrook was promoted from head of Northern Europe to the company's chief executive and moved to Chicago.
Paleothodoros, now executive director of Golin, said in a statement: & # 39; Steve and I were in a relationship and ended up slow down a long time ago. & # 39;
His firm says that an employee told them about the relationship in 2015 and at the time Easterbrook was & # 39; not in partnership with our firm & # 39; and does not handle public relations.
Paleothodoros was removed from McDonald's account to & # 39; d avoid any conflicts of interest & # 39; Golin cited McDonald's, with no disciplinary action taken.
The father-of-three is believed to have divorced his British wife in 2013, the same year he moved to the company's headquarters in Chicago to become a senior executive.
Meanwhile, his family is in the dark about the circumstances behind his firing.
His brother-in-law Mark Baxter, 55, who married his sister Joanne, told MailOnline: & # 39; [It] Steve looks like a nasty guy.
& # 39; We heard on Sunday that he was fired. We do not know any other details. & # 39;
In an email to McDonald's staff, Easterbrook wrote: & # 39; This is a mistake. Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on. & # 39;
The McDonald's board of directors voted for Easterbrook's departure last Friday following a review of his behavior concluded that he had 'demonstrated poor judgment'. But details about his relationship, including who he was and how long, were not disclosed
In an email to staff of McDonald, Easterbrook wrote: & # 39; It was a mistake. Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on. I'm sorry. And he will continue to the tune of $ 27 million (£ 21 million), according to the details of his salary package, which includes six months of his basic salary, bonuses and stock sharing
As part of his left-over deal, Easterbrook signed a gag order agreeing not to say anything of & # 39; disparages or injuries & # 39; McDonald's reputation
And he moved to the tune of $ 27 million (£ 21 million), according to the details of his salary package, which included six months of his basic salary, bonuses and stock shares.
Already, he walked away with a half-year salary, worth about $ 670,000 (£ 520,000).
According to the filings submitted, his contract was considered to have expired & # 39; without cause & # 39 ;, which means he still deserves the previous bonuses due for payment in the next three years.
If McDonald's hit an annual target, he is set to receive a value of between $ 2.32 million (£ 1.8 million) and $ 4.76 million (£ 3.7 million).
Company filings also show he accumulated 122,986 shares from previous year's end-of-year bonuses – worth nearly $ 22.9 million (£ 17.8 million) at today's prices.
As part of his leaving deal, Easterbrook signed a gag order agreeing not to say anything of & # 39; disparages or damages & # 39; to McDonald's reputation.
He was also barred from working for a rival, such as Burger King, for the next two years.
McDonald's shares on Wall Street fell after the Easterbrook firing, which came out of the branch manager to run the company for 25 years.
Easterbrook is credited with turning around the fortunes of McDonald's after its fall, by simplifying its menus, improving the quality of its ingredients and introducing healthier products like more salads, fresh fruits and juices
Easterbrook banned from working for a rival, such as Burger King, in the next two years
He is credited with spinning the fortunes of McDonald's after the financial collapse, doing so by simplifying menus, improving the quality of ingredients and introducing healthy products such as more salads, fresh fruits and juices.
His rise to the top of the world's most popular fast food brand is an extraordinary one.
Brit, an avid supporter of Watford FC and England's cricket team, joined the company in 1993 as a branch manager, working with him until becoming head of the UK in 2006 and later becoming president of his northern European business, which puts him in charge of 1,800 restaurants.
In 2011 he became the boss of Pizza Express of the UK and then Wagamama but then returned to McDonald's as the Chief Brand Office in 2013.
He was became general boss in 2015, running the business from its $ 250 million headquarters in Chicago.
He married British wife Susie, and the couple had three children. It is not known if they separated but they are believed to have left since he moved to the US.
Under his leadership nearly all the shares of the shares were distributed in sales to US locations.