Management

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Brian Niccol
Chief Executive Officer
 
Mr. Niccol was appointed to our Board effective March 5, 2018, at the same time he became our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Niccol previously served from January 1, 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bell, a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. He joined Taco Bell in 2011 as Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer and served as President from 2013 to 2014. Prior to his service at Taco Bell, from 2005 to 2011 he served in various executive positions at Pizza Hut, another division of Yum! Brands, including General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining Yum! Brands, Mr. Niccol spent 10 years at Procter & Gamble Co., serving in various brand management positions. Mr. Niccol holds an undergraduate degree from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He serves as a director of Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG)
Steve Ells
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.
Chris Brandt

Chief Marketing Officer

Chris Brandt joined Chipotle as Chief Marketing Officer in April 2018.  Prior to joining Chipotle, Mr. Brandt was Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. from May 2016 through December 2017. Mr. Brandt was previously Chief Brand Officer/Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Bell, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., from May 2013 to May 2016, and was a Senior Director and Vice President of Marketing for Taco Bell from November 2010 to May 2013. Mr. Brandt has an undergraduate degree in Economics from UC San Diego and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. 

 

Curt Garner

Chief Digital and Information Officer

Curt Garner was appointed Chief Digital and Information Officer in March 2017. Mr. Garner joined Chipotle in November 2015 as Chief Information Officer, and prior to that had worked for Starbucks Corp. for 17 years, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Mr. Garner has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from The Ohio State University. He serves as a director of Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE: HIVE).

John R. Hartung

Chief Financial Officer

John R. (Jack) Hartung is Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hartung joined Chipotle in 2002 after spending 18 years at McDonald's where he held a variety of management positions, most recently as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of its Partner Brands Group. Mr. Hartung has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and economics as well as an MBA from Illinois State University.

Laurie Schalow

Chief Communications Officer

Laurie Schalow is Chief Communications Officer. Prior to joining Chipotle, Ms. Schalow was Vice President of Public Affairs for Yum! Brands overseeing Global Corporate Social Responsibility, PR, Crisis Management, Social Listening and Community Diversity programs for the 44,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in 140 countries. Laurie holds a B.S. Degree in Business from Miami University and received her Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve and Wayne State University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Muhammad Ali Center and Chairs the Maryhurst Board.

Marissa Andrada

Chief Human Resources Officer

Marissa Andrada joined Chipotle as Chief Human Resources Officer in April 2018.  Prior to joining Chipotle, Ms. Andrada was Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer at Kate Spade & Company from July 2016 through October 2017, and Senior Vice President of Partner Resources for Starbucks Coffee Company from November 2010 to March 2016.  Prior to Starbucks, she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at GameStop Corporation and Head of Human Resources at Red Bull North America. Ms. Andrada has a Masters of Business degree from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.

Scott Boatwright

Chief Restaurant Officer

Scott Boatwright joined Chipotle as Chief Restaurant Officer in May 2017, and has assumed direct accountability for all restaurant operations. Prior to Chipotle, Scott spent 18 years with Arby’s Restaurant Group in various leadership positions, including for the last six years as the Sr. Vice President of Operations, where he was responsible for the performance of over 1,700 Arby’s restaurants in numerous states. Scott holds an MBA from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.