Board of Directors & Management Team

Steve Ells

Steve Ells

Executive Chairman

Steve Ells founded Chipotle in 1993 and serves as the company’s Executive Chairman. Prior to launching Chipotle, Steve worked for two years at Stars restaurant in San Francisco. Steve’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. This visionary thinking has led to Chipotle accomplishing great things, from growing from a single restaurant to over 1,100 in just 18 years, to serving more naturally-raised meat than any other restaurant company. This thinking has also resulted in Steve remaining a principal driving force behind making Chipotle innovative and striving for constant improvement.

Brian Niccol

Brian Niccol

Board Member

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)

Mike McGawn

Mike McGawn

Board Member

Mike McGawn is corporate counsel at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., where he handles SEC reporting and compliance, corporate governance, and international and general corporate matters. He joined the company shortly after its IPO in 2006, and led the legal team representing the company in connection with its split-off from its former parent, McDonald’s Corporation, which was completed in October 2006. Prior to joining Chipotle, Mike practiced in the corporate group at Faegre & Benson LLP, where he focused on securities offerings and public company regulation. Mike has a JD from the University of Colorado and a BA from Northwestern University.