Former McDonald's CEO Stephen Easterbrook who was recently fired after his relationship with an employee was found to violate the company policy will reportedly be getting an exit package of almost $42 million. According to an NPR report, his package includes six months of severance pay, shares he can cash out in the future and other equity. This amount is in addition to $23.8 million in stock options, which Easterbrook can use now.
Easterbrook’s 2018 compensation totalled $15.9 million. That included $1.3 million in salary and the rest in stock options and incentive payments. Easterbrook is further forbidden from working for a competitor for two years. McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook Pushed Out After Consensual Relationship with Employee.
Severance package for former McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook includes six months’ pay (more than $600,000), plus he can cash out on a big chunk of company stock (likely worth millions).
— Grady Trimble (@Grady_Trimble) November 4, 2019
Easterbrook was asked to leave as McDonald's steps up its effort to curb sexual harassment at the workplace following several complaints. Over the last three years, more than 50 McDonald’s employees have filed cases alleging sexual harassment.
Easterbrook Steps Down from Walmart Group
Following his removal from McDonald's, Steve Easterbrook resigned from the Walmart Group board. In a regulatory filing, Walmart informed, "Easterbrook's decision to resign was not due to any disagreement with the company on any matter relating to its operations, policies or practices."
Easterbrook joined Walmart's board in 2018 and was a part of the management development, strategic planning and other crucial committees.
The company board has named Chris Kempczinski as the company’s new president and CEO. Kempczinski most recently served as president of McDonald’s U.S. division. Reportedly, McDonald’s Corp informed on Monday that Kempczinski’s base salary will be $1.25 million, or 58 per cent higher than his 2018 compensation.