Chipotle Mexican Grill announced two new additions to its board of directors, Mary Winston and Gregg Engles. The changes to the board composition come after Chipotle appointed Brian Niccol, the company's Chief Executive Officer, to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors in early March, as well as the departure of three directors.
"We've conducted a thorough search for several months, meeting with a diverse group of candidates, in an effort to have varying perspectives represented that will help accelerate the business as well as contribute to our mission of cultivating a better world," says Brian Niccol, chairman and CEO of Chipotle. "Mary's and Gregg's vast experience and contributions across industries will help Chipotle achieve its strategic objectives and position us well for future success."
With the Board composition changes announced today, the Chipotle Board will now be comprised of nine directors, eight of whom are independent. The Board is committed to ongoing director refreshment and continues to consider new, qualified independent directors.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board of such an innovative organization that is committed to being a leader in the restaurant industry and look forward to bringing valuable insights from my previous experience," says Mary Winston.
Gregg Engles comments: "Joining an organization with strong values and a world-class leadership team that is only scratching the surface of its full potential is a rare opportunity, and I am honored to help Chipotle continue its accelerated growth trajectory and look forward to contributing to its future success."
Mary Winston is the Founder and President of WinsCo Enterprises, Inc., a consulting firm providing financial and board governance advisory services since 2016. She served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Bed Bath & Beyond in 2019, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Family Dollar Stores, from 2012 until it was acquired by Dollar Tree in 2015. Prior to that, Mary was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Giant Eagle, a supermarket chain from 2008 to 2012, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Scholastic Corporation from 2004 to 2007. Mary currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Acuity Brands, Inc., Domtar Corporation, Dover Corporation, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Gregg Engles is the founder and managing partner of Capitol Peak Partners, a capital investment company since April 2017. Gregg previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of The WhiteWave Foods Company from October 2012 until April 2017, when it was acquired by Danone S.A. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company and former parent company of WhiteWave, from April 1996 until WhiteWave's initial public offering in October 2012. Gregg serves on the Boards of Directors of Danone S.A. and GCI Liberty.