Later this month, two new Chiefs will be joining the Chipotle executive structure. The foodservice chain announced that it has named Ilene Eskenazi as Chief Human Resources Officer, effective November 27. Additionally, Lois Alexis-Collins was named Chief People Officer, Field Operations.
"It is an honor to join an industry-leading organization that invests heavily in its purpose-driven workforce," commented Eskenazi. "I am eager to deliver on Chipotle's strategic priorities and look forward to positioning the company for even greater success."
Eskenazi comes from Petco Health and Wellness Company, where she served as Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer. Prior to that, Eskenazi was the Global General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer at Boardriders (previously Quiksilver). She also held the post of Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Talent Operations and Performance at True Religion Apparel, as well as senior leadership positions at Red Bull North America and The Wonderful Company.
In her new role, Eskenazi will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Niccol.
"Ilene's vast human resources experience and legal expertise will be instrumental in growing Chipotle's culture of people development and strengthening the organization as a best-in-class employer. This is critical in Chipotle delivering our mission of Cultivating a Better World and growing to 7,000 restaurants," said Niccol.
Alexis-Collins has also joined the company and will report to Eskenazi.
"I am grateful to have the opportunity to join this remarkable company where I can apply my passion for engaging and retaining talent to help build future restaurant leaders," Alexis-Collins noted on her new role as Chief People Officer in the company's release.
Alexis-Collins will play a critical role in supporting Chipotle's 110,000+ restaurant employees. She previously served as Vice President of Human Resources at ABM. Before that, Collins held the Vice President of Human Resources title at both Steak and Shake as well as Ruby Tuesday. Additionally, Collins served in senior talent and people roles with Darden Restaurants and Waffle House.
Congratulations to these two rising leaders!