Chipotle adds 2 new executives

Roger Theodoredis was named chief legal officer, and Tabassum Zalotrawala was named chief development officer.
Photograph courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill on Thursday completed an overhaul of its executive team with new C-level officers overseeing development and legal.

The company named Roger Theodoredis its new chief legal officer and named Tabassum Zalotrawala its new chief development officer. Both executives will report to CEO Brian Niccol.

The company has named several new executives this year in addition to Niccol, who took over in March for Steve Ells. That includes Chief Marketing Officer Chris Brandt, Chief Communications Officer Laurie Schalow and Chief People Officer Marissa Andrada. They add to holdovers such as Chief Restaurant Officer Scott Boatwright, CFO Jack Hartung and Chief Digital and Information Officer Curt Garner.

Niccol called Theodoredis and Zalotrawala “perfect additions to the team” whose “experience will be essential as Chipotle focuses on winning today and cultivating a better future.”

Theodoredis comes to Chipotle from Danone North America, where he was general secretary and responsible for public affairs, communications, scientific affairs and corporate security. He had been in various legal roles with WhiteWave Foods before Danone bought it in 2017.

Zalotrawala most recently was the chief development officer at Panda Restaurant Group and previously was with Arby’s Restaurant Group as a franchisee then as part of franchisee support.

Chipotle said that its new leadership team will be focused on five focus areas: becoming more culturally relevant, digitizing the restaurant experience, improving operations, improving the company’s economic model and building its culture.

Chipotle operates more than 2,400 restaurants and now operates in the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Germany in addition to the U.S.

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