Founder, Executive Chairman
Mr. Ells founded Chipotle in 1993. He was Chief Executive Officer until March 5, 2018, at which time Mr. Ells became Executive Chairman. From 2009 through 2016 Mr. Ells served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Prior to launching Chipotle, Mr. Ells worked for two years at Stars restaurant in San Francisco. Mr. Ells’s vision – that food served fast doesn’t have to be low quality and that delicious food doesn’t have to be expensive – is the foundation on which Chipotle is based. Mr. Ells graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, and is also a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.