McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook was first seen since being fired by the fast-food giant over an employee affair, breaking cover while heading to an Apple store to buy a new laptop, an exclusive photo show of DailyMail.com.
The 52-year-old used the cover of darkness to make the trip to the store Wednesday night, wearing jeans, sneakers and a cotton jacket.
A British-born businessman admitted earlier this week that he showed "bad judgment" after starting a relationship with another employee whose identity has not yet been revealed.
Although the relationship is consensual, it violates company policy that prohibits managers from having a romantic relationship with any subordinate, which costs Eastbrook his hard work worth $ 1
It has been spotted in a public place since it was revealed that it had previously escaped distrust for another office romance. He dated Denise Paleododoros, 46, when she was credited to McDonald's account by her PR firm Golin, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Easterbrook was first seen since he was fired by McDonald because of an affair with an employee breaking a cover while heading to an Apple store to buy a new laptop Wednesday night, exclusive photos from DailyMail.com show
Easterbrook was at the Apple store about 30 minutes to buy his new laptop, talking to an Apple store employee for most of his visit
After adjusting his shiny new co pewter, he headed home Holding Apple Bag
The British-born businessman previously admitted this week that he showed "bad judgment" after starting a relationship with another employee. Although the relationship is consensual, it violates the company's policy of forbidding managers from having a romantic relationship with any subordinate, costing Eastbrook his $ 16 million-a-year job
Eastbrook was in the Apple store for about 30 minutes. to buy his new laptop, he talks to a store employee for most of his visit.
After setting up his sleek new computer, he headed to his house, holding his bag.
The McDonald's Board of Directors voted to leave Westbrook last Friday, after a review of his behavior concluded that he had "shown poor judgment."
The WSJ also reported that the McDonald's Board of Directors began investigating the new Eastbrook affair three weeks ago.
Following an internal investigation, the company's general counsel, Jerry Krulevic, briefed the board and hired a law firm in New York for Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to investigate legal risk.
The investigation concluded that the relationship was "short-term and consensual" but raised questions about Easterbrook's decision and he was fired.
Details of his relationship, including with whom she was and for how long, have not been disclosed.
However, an identification of the previous woman with whom he was involved has been disclosed.
His two-year affair with Paleothodoros came to light in 2015, but the fast food company concluded that the relationship did not violate its policies.
Steve Easterbrook, 52, dated Denise Palletodoros, 46 (pictured) when she was credited to McDonald's by her PR firm
Paleothodoros employers (pictured right), Golin, move her to another account
The same year Easterbrook was promoted from Northern Europe CEO to CEO the company and moved to Chicago.
Paleothodoros, now Golin's CEO, said in a statement, "Steve and I were in a relationship and it ended a while ago."
Her firm said an employee told them about the relationship. in 2015 and at that time, Eastbrook had no "working relationship with our company" and did not monitor public relations.
Paleothodoros was removed from McDonald's account to "avoid conflicts of interest". Golin informed McDonald's who did not take disciplinary action.
It is believed that the father of three divorced his British wife in 2013, moving to the company's headquarters in Chicago that year to become a senior executive.
Meanwhile, his family is in the dark about the circumstances behind his dismissal.
His brother-in-law, Mark Baxter, 55, who married his sister Joanne, told MailOnline: "[It] looks like Steve is a naughty boy.
"We heard on Sunday that he was fired. We do not know the other details. "
In an email to McDonald's staff, Easterbrook writes:" That was a mistake. Given the company values, I agree with the board that it's time to move on. "
The McDonald's Board of Directors voted to leave Eastersbrook last Friday after a review of his behavior concluded that he had "shown poor judgment." But details of his relationship, including who she was with and how long, were not disclosed.
In an email to McDonald's staff, Easterbrook wrote: "This was a mistake. Given the company values, I agree with the board that it's time to move on. "And he will move to the tune of $ 27 million (£ 21 million), according to details of his pay package, which includes six months of his basic salary, bonuses and shares
Like Cha In his exit deal, Eastbrook signed an agreement to say nothing that "neglects or damages" McDonald's reputation
and he will move to the tune of $ 27 million (£ 21 million), according to details of his payment package, which includes six months of his basic salary, bonuses and shares.
He is now getting a half-year salary of about $ 670,000 (£ 520,000).
According to the documents submitted, his contract is considered terminated "without cause," meaning that he still meets conditions for previous bonuses to be paid over the next three years.
If McDonald reaches his annual targets, he will receive a bonus of between $ 2.32 million (£ 1.8 million) and $ 4.76 million (£ 3.7 million).
The company also shows that it has accumulated 122,986 shares from previous bonuses by the end of last year – worth about $ 22.9 million (£ 17.8 million) at today's prices.
As part of his exit deal, Eastsbrook signed a covenant, agreeing to say nothing that "neglects or damages" McDonald's reputation.
He was also banned from working for a rival, such as Burger King, for the next two years.
McDonald's shares on Wall Street fell after the shelling of Westbrook, who switched from a branch manager to running the company for 25 years. Paschalbrook was credited with turning over MacDonald's fortune after profits fell, by simplifying menus, improving the quality of ingredients, and introducing healthier products such as more salads, fresh fruits and juices ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />
Eastbrook was credited with turning over McDonald's fortune after profits fell by simplifying menus, improving the quality of ingredients and introducing healthier products like more salads, fresh fruits and juices