The British former boss of McDonald's who was fired because he had slept with an employee, had previously escaped censorship for a new romance in the office.
Steve Easterbrook, 52, was from Denise Paleothodoros, 46, when she was assigned to the McDonald's account by her PR company.
The two-year affair came to light in 2015, but the fast food company concluded that the relationship did not violate its policy.
The employers of Paleothodoros, Golin, moved her to a different account.
Steve Easterbrook, 52, dated Denise Paleothodoros, 46, (photo) when her PR company assigned her to the McDonald's # 39; s account
The employers (photo on the right) of Paleothodoros, Golin, moved her to another account
The news of the second affair came when it was revealed that the McDonald Board of Directors began investigating the more recent Easterbrook affair three weeks ago
In the same year, Easterbrook was promoted from head of Northern Europe to chief executive of the company and moved to Chicago with a salary of £ 12 million a year. His redundancy package would be worth £ 54 million.
He said in an email to employees that the relationship that cost him his job a & # 39; error & # 39; and was not in accordance with McDonald's Code of Conduct.
He signed the code last year that prohibits relationships between bosses and those who work directly or indirectly for them. The identity of the woman has not been revealed.
The Wall Street Journal unveiled the second affair after Easterbrook was first photographed since his resignation on Sunday. The divorced father of four saw a laptop purchased at an Apple store in Chicago, where he has an apartment of £ 2 million.
Paleothodoros is now the executive director of Golin.
The company said an employee told them about the relationship in 2015 and that at the time Easterbrook & # 39; no working relationship with our company & # 39; and did not supervise public relations.
After an internal investigation, the company's general adviser, Jerry Krulewitch, informed the board and hired the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to investigate the legal risk. The investigation concluded that the relationship was "short-term and consensual," but it raised questions about Easterbrook's judgment (photo) and he was fired
However, Paleothodoros was removed from the McDonald & # 39; s account to prevent & # 39; conflicts of interest & # 39 ;. Golin informed McDonald's, who did not take disciplinary action.
Paleothodoros said in a statement: "Steve and I were in a relationship and that ended kindly a while ago."
The WSJ also reported that the McDonald Board of Directors began investigating the more recent Easterbrook case three weeks ago.
After an internal investigation, the company's general adviser, Jerry Krulewitch, informed the board and hired the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to investigate the legal risk.
The investigation concluded that the relationship was "short-term and consensual," but it raised questions about Easterbrook's judgment and he was fired.
During his time as CEO, Easterbrook doubled the share price of McDonald & # 39; s and is credited with revitalizing the company. However, the board seemed to have little choice in the # MeToo era with zero tolerance for misconduct.
The day after Easterbrook was fired, the company's best human resources officer, a close friend of his, suddenly announced that he would resign.
The day after Easterbrook (right) was fired, the company's best human resources officer, a close friend of his, suddenly announced that he would resign. David Fairhurst, 51, (left) said it's "it's time to move on to my next career challenge" in a post on the social networking site LinkedIn
David Fairhurst, 51, said it's time for me to move on to my next career challenge. in a message on the social networking site LinkedIn.
Fairhurst is also British and moved his family to the US shortly after Easterbrook arrived there.
McDonald & # 39; s, based in Chicago, has claimed that the departure of Fairhurst was not related to the shooting of Easterbrook.
Easterbrook grew up in Watford, London, where he went to the public elementary school.
As a boy, he and a friend took the train to Harrow to visit the McDonald's, when the hamburger chain was still considered ambitious.
After training as an accountant at Price Waterhouse, he took his first job at McDonald's in the 1990s as manager of a branch near his home town on the A41. By 2006 he was head of the British operation.
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