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Shake Shack supersizes its C-suite

The fast-growing burger chain has added three new roles to its executive ranks.
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Fast-casual burger chain Shake Shack appointed three new executives to its C-suite as it gears up for expansion, the company announced Wednesday.

The roles of chief development officer, chief licensing officer and chief information officer are all new to Shake Shack. The company announced another milestone earlier this month with the appointment of Jay Livingston as its first chief marketing officer.

The new executives are:

  • Andrew McCaughan, promoted from Shake Shack’s vice president of development to chief development officer. McCaughan will lead the brand’s real estate strategy, design, construction and facilities operations. He joined the 200-unit global brand in 2010, when it had just three units. Before joining Shake Shack, McCaughan held various leadership roles in restaurateur Rick Bayless’ businesses.
  • Michael Kark, formerly vice president of global licensing for Shake Shack, has been promoted to chief global licensing officer. Kark will focus on overseeing licensing partnerships around the world. Since 2012, he has launched Shake Shack in many parts of the globe, including the Middle East, Japan, Russia and Hong Kong. Previously, Kark oversaw operations for Chipotle.
  • Dave Harris was named chief information officer. Harris previously served as vice president of digital technology for consumer goods company Newell Brands. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of technology for Shake Shack.

“Shake Shack is experiencing incredible growth and now more than ever, our leadership teams will be key to our success,” Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti said in a statement.

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