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The British former boss of McDonald’s who was fired for sleeping with an employee had previously escaped censure for another office romance.
Steve Easterbrook, 52, dated Denise Paleothodoros, 46, when she was assigned to the McDonald’s account by her PR firm.
Affair - Light - Food - Company - Relationship
The two-year affair came to light in 2015 but the fast food company concluded the relationship did not violate its policies.
Paleothodoros’s employers, Golin, moved her to another account.
Year - Easterbrook - Head - North - Europe
The same year Easterbrook was promoted from head of North Europe to chief executive of the company and moved to Chicago on a salary of £12million a year. His severance package is thought to be worth up to £54million.
He said in an email to employees that the relationship that cost him his job was a ‘mistake’ and not in keeping with the McDonald’s code of conduct.
Code - Year - Relationships - Bosses - Identity
He signed off on the code last year which bans 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 revealed the second affair after Easterbrook was photographed for the first time since his shock dismissal on Sunday. The divorced father of four was seen buying a laptop in an Apple store in Chicago where he has a £2million apartment.
Paleothodoros - Executive - Director - Golin
Paleothodoros is now the executive director of Golin.
The firm said that an employee told them about the relationship in 2015 and at the time Easterbrook had ‘no working relationship with our firm’ and did not oversee public relations.
Paleothodoros - McDonald - Account - Conflict - Interest
However Paleothodoros was removed from the McDonald’s account to ‘avoid any conflict of interest’. Golin informed McDonald’s, which took no...
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