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Report: McDonald's CEO seeks new HR chief; plans to change workplace culture

McDonald's Corp. CEO Chris Kempczinski is looking for a new human resources head who will help him restore a more professional workplace culture, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 5, citing people familiar with the matter.

Kempczinski seeks to change a culture of late-night partying among senior executives and amorous advances with female employees that his predecessor, Steve Easterbrook, is said to have fostered, the newspaper said.

Kempczinski has reportedly met with employees and franchisees in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and Switzerland to gather input on the fast-food chain's culture and values, according to the Journal. He is expected to report some of what he has learned later this month, the report said.

McDonald's fired Easterbrook Nov. 3, 2019, for having a "consensual relationship" with an employee. That same month, a group of former McDonald's workers in Michigan sued the company for allegedly failing to address the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace.

McDonald's did not immediately respond to S&P Global Market Intelligence's request for comment.