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    Chipotle Adds Ex-Starbucks Leader as Chief Human Resources Officer

  • Marissa Andrada joins new CEO Brian Niccol's team at the fast casual.

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    Chipotle's executive team is taking shape under CEO Brian Niccol.

    Chief executive officer Brian Niccol expanded Chipotle’s evolving leadership team with the appointment of Marissa Andrada as chief human resources officer, effective Monday (April 23).

    Andrada held several senior-level positions in human resources at Starbucks, including senior vice president, partner resources for the Americas, where she led innovation and strategy for retail employee programs, including employee experience, management, and compensation. Most recently, Andrada was senior vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer at Kate Spade & Company. There she led positioning for the company. She was responsible for developing and implementing plans to recruit top-tier executive and design talent for the lifestyle company.

    "Marissa is an exceptional human resources executive and a valuable addition to our management team," Niccol said in a statement. "With near-term priorities that include building the right structure and capabilities for sustained growth, and creating a culture of recognition and innovation throughout our company, Marissa's expertise and leadership will be essential as we look to strengthen those key areas."

    Before Starbucks and Kate Spade & Company, Andrada held a variety of HR roles at companies such as Gamestop, Red Bull North America, Universal Studios, and Pepsico/Pizza Hut.

    "Chipotle is a tremendous brand with so much potential," Andrada said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to be joining the company as they look to strengthen the talent and the team in ways that will set the company up for success in the next chapter."

    On March 20, Chipotle announced the hiring of Chris Brandt, formerly the executive vice president and chief brand officer at Bloomin’ Brands’ Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill, and Fleming’s, will step into the position. He’s bee in the role since April 2. Brandt replaced Mark Crumpacker, Chipotle’s CMO since January 2009, who stepped down March 15. Brandt worked with Niccol at Taco Bell. Before Bloomin’, he served as chief brand and marketing officer at YUM! Brands’ chain, where he led marketing and food innovation. Niccol was president of Taco Bell from 2013–2014 and then served as CEO from January 2015 until he took the Chipotle job in early March.

    Chipotle is scheduled Wednesday to report first-quarter earnings.