McDonald's confirmed Monday that Chief People Officer David Fairhurst has left the company, effective immediately.
Fairhurst's departure follows the announcement from McDonald's Sunday night that the board dismissed CEO Steve Easterbrook for violating the company's policy by having a relationship with an employee. Nonfraternization policies generally do not allow relationships between managers and employees who report to them directly or indirectly.
McDonald's declined to comment further, citing company policy for not commenting on personnel matters or disclosing details of company policy.
Fairhurst has been with the company since 2005, but has only managed its global human resources department since 201[ads1]5. Prior to that role, he was McDonald's head of European operations. His departure comes as McDonald's restaurant workers try to unite and ask for higher wages and better protection against sexual harassment.
Other recent executives include McDonald's Global Marketing Manager Silvia Lagnado and Communications Manager Robert Gibbs, both of whom left last month.
Shares of McDonald's dropped 2.7% to $ 188.66 on Monday.