The family of fired McDonald & # 39; s HR boss David Fairhurst has accused the company of pushing him out because he was aware of his fellow affair with another employee.
David Fairhurst-born HR director David Fairhurst was brought to Chicago in 2015 by fired CEO Steve Easterbrook, but left the $ 250 million headquarters on Monday.
Family sources told MailOnline that they believed Mr. Fairhurst was forced to resign because McDonald & # 39; s officials accused him of being aware of Mr. Easterbrook's relationship with a colleague and doing nothing about it.
A relative said: & # 39; David got caught up in this and it's not his fault. It's not fair.
& # 39; They (McDonald & # 39; s) are trying to make it clear that he knew what was going on, but he was in a very difficult position. After all, that was his boss. What did he have to do? & # 39;
Family sources have revealed that David Fairhurst (photo left), head of McDonald & # 39; s HR, was dismissed because the company accused him of being aware of CEO Steve Easterbrook's affair with another employee (pictured right) )
Mr. Fairhurst, 51, is depicted with his young son enjoying a McCafe drink
Mr. Fairhurst, originally from Wigan, is pictured with McDonald & # 39; s staff on a recent trip to Florida, US, from his home in Chicago
The former HR boss is pictured with colleagues & # 39; s from McDonald & # 39; s at an event to celebrate LGBT pride
There are no reasons given for the departure of 51-year-old Mr. Fairhurst, who grew up in north-west England and moved to the US under Mr. Easterbrook while both men came through the ranks of the company.
He announced his departure after the fast-food giant had fired his Watford-born chief executive because of his consensual sexual relationship with an employee – a lewd fact at & # 39; the world's largest fast-food chain.
Another family source said: & # 39; Steve was the boss of David. He took him from here to the US in a very well-paid job.
& # 39; He was in a very difficult position and fell victim to it. There is nothing to indicate that he was aware of the case, but that is what McDonald & # 39; s believes. & # 39;
The British CEO of McDonald's Steve Easterbrook is pictured with Ronald McDonald in March 2015
Mr. Easterbrook admitted to colleagues that he was having an affair with another employee, cheating on his wife Susie (photo) before resigning
Mr. Fairhurst, who lives in Illinois with his second wife and their two young sons, said on LinkedIn: & # 39; I have decided it is time to move on to my next career challenge. & # 39;
The identity of the other person involved in the relationship with Mr. Easterbrook remains hidden in mystery as the Watford-born high-flying PR teams deployed on both sides of the Atlantic, including a US crisis management lawyer specializing in & # 39 ; shame on celebrities & # 39; events & # 39 ;.
The former HR boss owns a £ 1.2 million five-bedroom home in Hertfordshire, complete with a swimming pool.
It is surrounded by open fields and is located at the end of a muddy road on a hill overlooking the postcard village.
The house is currently being rented to tenants and has a rental price of around £ 2,000 per month.
Annie McAllister, a long-term villager, said: & We know David but don't know him very well.
& # 39; He has owned the house for a number of years, but has never been a part of village life. We always invite him to the annual Christmas shoot, but he is never there.
& # 39; He lives in America, comes to the village occasionally to check his property, which is nice, but you would have thought that with all the money he had, he could afford something bigger and better. & # 39;
A tenant at the Fairhurst home, who did not want to be mentioned, added: & # 39; We have been here for almost two years and have met David only once.
& # 39; He seems like a decent man. We have followed the news about his departure from McDonald & # 39; s, but have no idea what it's all about. & # 39;
David Fairhurst is pictured with colleague McDonald & # 39; s executive Melanie Steinbach, both with Big Mac onesies
This photo shows Mr. Fairhurst & # 39; s £ 1.2 million British five-bedroom home in Hertfordshire. He moved to Chicago under the instruction of his former boss Mr Easterbrook and rents the property out
Mr Easterbrook's family is in the dark about the circumstances behind his looting.
Mr. Easterbrook's brother-in-law, Mark Baxter, 55, who is married to his sister Joanne, told MailOnline: & (It looks like Steve was a naughty boy.
& # 39; We heard on Sunday that he was fired. We do not know any other details. & # 39;
Mr. Easterbrook was quickly fired by McDonald's board when his & # 39; recent consensual relationship & # 39; came to light.
The divorced father of three then sent an e-mail to all employees in which he admitted that his behavior did not meet the expected standards.
He wrote: & # 39; Given the values of the company, I agree that it is time to move on. & # 39;
The love life of the man who grew from branch manager to head of the company turned the global fast food giant upside down and shook £ 3.4 billion of its market value yesterday.
Mr. Easterbrook, who earned £ 12.3 million last year, left the company with six months of his base salary, worth around £ 520,000.
But according to the documents filed in the US yesterday, his contract was & # 39; for no reason & # 39; terminated.
There are no reasons given for the departure of 51-year-old Mr. Fairhurst, who grew up in North West England and moved to the US under Mr. Easterbrook while both men came through the ranks of McDonald & # 39; s (photo)
The Briton credited with turning over McDonald's fortune after the profit was plunged by reducing the menu and focusing on high-quality pieces of meat
Under his leadership, the company's shares almost doubled in value while sales at the US locations stagnated
Steve Easterbrook took over from McDonald & # 39; s in March 2015 and set to work quickly to help save the company after a 15 percent drop in profit a year ago.
Easterbrook helped increase the company's profit margin by more than 12 percent in the first nine months of its acquisition, with margins from 13.62 percent to more than 25 percent. The former CEO also doubled the company's share during his term of office.
& # 39; Early on, my way of thinking was, how can we organize ourselves as a large, somewhat complex company so that we can adapt and be more agile? & # 39; he said in an interview with Entrepreneur. & # 39; Instead of using our size as an excuse, (how can we) increase our size as an advantage and respond to customers? & # 39;
In the first three months of his time as CEO, Easterbrook regrouped and consolidated the market segment as needed, rather than geographic region. He has made four market segments for the company – the US, international leading markets, fast-growing markets and fundamental markets.
For example, the markets in China and South Korea were taken from the Asia / Pacific / Middle East / Africa region and in the & # 39; high growth & # 39; placed.
Improving food quality was a top priority for Easterbrook.
& # 39; In the past five years, the world has moved outside the company faster than within & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; The company cannot ignore what customers say if the message is clear: we are not playing along. & # 39;
Easterbrook cut several items from the McDonald's menu – including a Deluxe Quarter Pounder burger and six chicken sandwiches. He had the chain remove ingredients that were difficult to pronounce and announced the limited edition of the Sirloin Third Pounder.
In the first part of 2016, he increased sales by more than 5.7 percent. Easterbrook was also a crucial proponent of using fresh beef in the company's hamburger, a move that McDonald & # 39; s implemented in 2017.
The CEO managed to get McDonald & # 39; s to increase the percentage of franchise stores from 81 percent to 91 percent in less than three years, surpassing his goal of getting 4,000 franchise by 2019. This was largely due to a deal to sell 2,740 restaurants sales in Hong Kong and China to Citic and the Carlyle Group.
But Easterbrook had made his mark on the company for more than two decades before fulfilling his role as CEO.
Easterbrook joined the business team in 1993 as financial reporting manager in London before leading all McDonald's in the south of the UK, according to Brittanica.
In 2006, he was selected to lead the entire British operation, but would manage the entire Northern Europe region (around 1800 restaurants) in less than a year.
After a brief interruption of the company, Easterbrook returned in 2013 as a senior executive vice president and chief brand officer.
Easterbrook worked to restore McDonald's reputation in China after a sketchy meat scandal in 2014. He helped roll out custom-made hamburgers in Australia and in the US. The innovator lived in comfort and helped implement dual-lane drive thrus in the restaurant and the popular breakfast menu throughout the day.
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