Corporate Governance

Our vision is to Stand For Something Good in all aspects of our business. We are committed to the ethical operation of our day-to-day business and to maintaining our principles as we continue to grow. These principles form the foundation of our approach to corporate governance and apply to our team members, our guests, our suppliers, our investors and the communities in which we operate. Learn more about our corporate governance guidelines, management team, Board of Directors, as well as our policies on compliance and ethics.

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For all Investor Relations questions, please call 844-SHACK04 (844-742-2504) or email investor@shakeshack.com.

Management Team

Randy Garutti , , , Chief Executive Officer & Director

Randy Garutti has served as Shake Shack’s Chief Executive Officer and on the board of directors since April 2012. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Garutti served as our Chief Operating Officer since January 2010. Prior to leading Shake Shack, Mr. Garutti was the Director of Operations, overseeing the operations for all restaurants in the Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). Mr. Garutti has worked with USHG and Danny Meyer for 15 years. In addition, Mr. Garutti served as General Manager of Union Square Cafe and Tabla, both of which won numerous accolades in the hospitality industry. Mr. Garutti graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1997. Mr. Garutti was selected to our board of directors because of his leadership role in our development and growth and because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in strategic planning and leadership in the hospitality business.

Tara Comonte , , , Chief Financial Officer

Zachary Koff , , , Chief Operating Officer

Zach Koff has served as Shake Shack’s Vice president of Operations since April of 2012. Prior to becoming Vice President of Operations, Mr. Koff served as Director of Operations since February 2010, and opened Shake Shack’s 4th location in Miami Beach. Prior to leading operations for Shake Shack, Mr. Koff worked for the Bravo/Brio Restaurant Group for eight years, and opened and operated locations in five markets. Mr. Koff graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Administration and a concentration in Law.

Ron Palmese , , , Senior Vice President
General Counsel

Ron Palmese has served as Shake Shack’s Vice President, General Counsel since its formation. Prior to becoming Vice President, General Counsel, Mr. Palmese served as General Counsel of Union Square Hospitality Group since January 2011. Prior to Union Square Hospitality Group, Mr. Palmese spent nearly eight years as a corporate attorney at the law firm of Proskauer Rose. Mr. Palmese received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he graduated cum laude with degrees in International Business and Finance. Mr. Palmese received his juris doctor from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the St. John’s Law Review.

Peggy Rubenzer , , , Senior Vice President
People Resources

Peggy Rubenzer has served as our Vice President, People Resources since November 2013. Ms. Rubenzer has over 23 years of human resources and training expertise. As Vice President, People Resources at Shake Shack, Ms. Rubenzer leads the company’s training, leadership development and human resources functions and supports the success of the teams through training, tools and resources. Prior to joining us in December 2011, Ms. Rubenzer spent 10 years at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in VP roles in both HR and Training. During her tenure at P.F. Chang’s, Ms. Rubenzer was instrumental in growing the full and quick service concepts unit count from 82 to 360, supporting a head count of 30,000 employees. Prior to that, Ms. Rubenzer spent 10 years at Southwest Airlines, during which time she oversaw the recruiting and human resources functions for the Mid West region.

Jeffrey Amoscato , , , Vice President
Supply Chain & Menu Innovation

Edwin Bragg , , , Vice President
Marketing & Communications

Phil Crawford , , , Vice President
Information Technology

Phil Crawford has served as Shake Shack’s Vice President of Information Technology since June 2014. Mr. Crawford has over 15 years of restaurant information technology experience. Prior to joining Shake Shack, Mr. Crawford was the Chief Information Officer of My Fit Foods. While at My Fit Foods, Mr. Crawford was instrumental in restructuring the information technology department, introducing and developing new technologies to the growing healthy meal chain. Prior to My Fit Foods, Mr. Crawford was the Chief Information Officer of Yard House Restaurants, where he formed and led the Information Technology department. During his tenure, he spearheaded all of the technological innovations and initiatives as well as assisted with the expansion from four units when he began to over forty five units when Yard House was acquired by Darden Restaurants, Inc. Mr. Crawford began his career in the hospitality and restaurant industry early on, where he has held several managerial and senior positions within the respective sector throughout the years. Mr. Crawford attained his MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

Melissa Kandel , , , Vice President
Internal Audit & Controls

Michael Kark , , , Vice President
Global Licensing

Andrew McCaughan , , , Vice President
Development

Josh Omin , , , Vice President
Finance

Victoria Shih , , , Vice President
Controller

Board of Directors

Danny Meyer , , , Founder & Chairman of the Board

Danny Meyer has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since January 2010. Mr. Meyer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group, which owns and operates the following restaurants: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, The Modern, Maialino, Untitled, North End Grill and Marta; its event services business, Union Square Events; and its learning and consulting business, Hospitality Quotient. The restaurants have earned 25 James Beard Awards among them. Mr. Meyer previously served as a member of the board of directors of OpenTable.com from 2000 through 2014. Mr. Meyer co-authored the best-selling Union Square Cafe Cookbook and authored the New York Times bestseller Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business. Mr. Meyer is currently a member of the board of directors of The Container Store Group, Inc. and Sotheby's, as well as the following not-for-profit organizations: Share Our Strength, Madison Square Park Conservancy and the Irving Harris Foundation. Mr. Meyer has also served as a board member of City Harvest, New Yorkers for Parks, Union Square Partnership and NYC & Co. Mr. Meyer was selected to our board of directors because of his role in our founding and long career in hospitality and because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations, hospitality businesses and board practices of other major corporations.

Randy Garutti , , , Chief Executive Officer & Director

Randy Garutti has served as Shake Shack’s Chief Executive Officer and on the board of directors since April 2012. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Garutti served as our Chief Operating Officer since January 2010. Prior to leading Shake Shack, Mr. Garutti was the Director of Operations, overseeing the operations for all restaurants in the Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). Mr. Garutti has worked with USHG and Danny Meyer for 15 years. In addition, Mr. Garutti served as General Manager of Union Square Cafe and Tabla, both of which won numerous accolades in the hospitality industry. Mr. Garutti graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1997. Mr. Garutti was selected to our board of directors because of his leadership role in our development and growth and because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in strategic planning and leadership in the hospitality business.

Jeff Flug , , , Director

Jeff Flug has served on our Board of Directors since January 2010. Mr. Flug has served as the President of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) since January 2011 and, prior to that, as USHG's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer since December 2009. Mr. Flug has over 25 years of leadership and management experience primarily in the financial industry, as well as in the non-profit sector. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1984, with a B.B.A. in Accounting, summa cum laude, Mr. Flug began his career as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he attained his C.P.A. in 1986. Mr. Flug attended Columbia Business School, where he received his M.B.A. in Finance in 1988. In 1988, Mr. Flug joined Goldman, Sachs & Co., and ultimately served as a Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Financial Futures and Options Sales. In 2000, Mr. Flug became the Head of North America Fixed Income Institutional Sales for JPMorgan Chase & Co. In 2006, Mr. Flug served as CEO and Executive Director for Millennium Promise, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end extreme poverty and Malaria in Africa. Mr. Flug currently serves as a board director of Pennant Park Investment Corporation, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores and The Mountain School of Milton Academy. Mr. Flug was selected to our board of directors because he brings financial experience and possesses particular knowledge and experience in strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations.

Jenna Lyons , , , Director

Jenna Lyons has served on our Board of Directors since December 2014. Ms. Lyons has been the President, Executive Creative Director of J.Crew Group, Inc. since July 2010, and before that served as Executive Creative Director since April 2010. Prior to that, she was Creative Director since 2007 and, before that, was Senior Vice President of Women's Design since 2005. Ms. Lyons joined J.Crew Group, Inc. in 1990 as an Assistant Designer and has held a variety of positions within J.Crew Group, Inc., including Designer from 1994 to 1995, Design Director from 1996 to 1998, Senior Design Director in 1999, and Vice President of Women's Design from 1999 to 2005. Ms. Lyons was selected to our board of directors because she possesses particular knowledge and experience in strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations and retail businesses.

Josh Silverman , , , Director

Jonathan D. Sokoloff , , , Director

Jonathan D. Sokoloff has served on our Board of Directors since December 2012. Mr. Sokoloff is currently a Managing Partner with LGP, one of our significant stockholders, and joined in 1990. Before joining LGP, he was a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Sokoloff serves on the board of the parent holding companies of BJ's Wholesale Club, Advantage Sales & Marketing and Jetro Cash & Carry and serves on the board of The Container Store Group Inc., USHG, Whole Foods Market, Inc., J.Crew Group, Inc., The Sports Authority, Inc., Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., The Tire Rack, Inc. and Top Shop/Top Man Limited. He co-chairs the Endowment Committee for Private Equity at his alma mater, Williams College. Mr. Sokoloff was selected to our board of directors because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in accounting, finance and capital structure, strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations, retail businesses and board practices of other major corporations.

Robert Vivian , , , Director

Robert Vivian has served on our Board of Directors since June 2010. Mr. Vivian served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of P.F. Chang's China Bistro from January 2009 through December 2011. Prior to that time, he served as P.F. Chang's President from December 2000 through January 2009 and as its Chief Financial Officer from 1996 through December 2000. He also served as a director of P.F. Chang's China Bistro from January 2009 through April 2011 when he retired. Before joining P.F. Chang's, Mr. Vivian served in a variety of positions with Brinker International, Inc. Mr. Vivian was selected to our board of directors because he possesses particular knowledge and experience in strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations, hospitality businesses and board practices of other major corporations.

Anna Fieler , , , Director

Anna Fieler is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of POPSUGAR Inc., the global media and technology company and leading lifestyle brand, attracting a loyal global audience of 300M through content and commerce. Fieler has a passion for building disruptive venture-backed businesses. Her previous roles include Chief Marketing Officer of Stella & Dot where she helped reinvent the direct-selling industry for the digital age, Vice President of Marketing at Tiny Prints where she grew the brand from a niche player to a household name resulting in a successful exit via acquisition by Shutterfly Inc. and various leadership positions at eBay where she introduced a fixed priced platform, led marketing for its lifestyle categories and launched the first major buyer loyalty and retention initiative. Prior to a career in Silicon Valley, Anna began her career on Madison Avenue at Ogilvy & Mather where she helped develop the foundation for Dove’s ground-breaking “Real Women, Real Beauty” campaign. Fieler is a sought-after thought leader and frequent speaker at notable conferences delivering keynotes on Millennial and Gen Z consumer insights, future of retail, social media, advertising and publishing. She currently serves as a board member at Girls Leadership and board advisor at NatureBox. Fieler holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University.

Responsibilities of the Presiding Director

The Board has created the position of presiding director (“Presiding Director”) to serve as the lead non-management director of the Board. Each independent director serving on the Board shall take turn serving as the Presiding Director on a rotating basis. The Presiding Director position will be rotated among the independent directors, in alphabetical order of last name, effective the first day of each calendar quarter.

The Presiding Director has the power and authority to do the following:

  • (1) to preside at all meetings of non-management directors when they meet in executive session without management participation;
  • (2) to set agendas, priorities and procedures for meetings of non-management directors meeting in executive session without management participation;
  • (3) to generally assist the Chairman of the Board;
  • (4) to add agenda items to the established agenda for meetings of the Board;
  • (5) to request access to the Company’s management, employees and its independent advisers for purposes of discharging his or her duties and responsibilities as a director; and
  • (6) to retain independent outside financial, legal or other advisors at any time, at the expense of the Company, on behalf of the Board or any committee or subcommittee of the Board.

Communications by Stockholders and Other Interested Parties with the Board

Stockholders and other interested parties may contact an individual director, the Presiding Director, the Board as a group, or a specified Board committee or group, including the non-management directors as a group, by sending regular mail to the following address:

Board of Directors
Shake Shack Inc.
24 Union Square East, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Attention: General Counsel

Each communication should specify the applicable addressee or addressees to be contacted, as well as the general topic of the communication. The company initially will receive and process communications before forwarding them to the addressee. The company also may refer communications to other departments at the company. The company generally will not forward to the directors a communication that is primarily commercial in nature, relates to an improper or irrelevant topic, or requests general information regarding the company.

Committee Composition

Audit
Committee
Compensation
Committee
Nominating and  Corporate Governance Committee
Danny Meyer    
Randy Garutti    
Jeff Flug    
Jenna Lyons
Josh Silverman  
Jonathan D. Sokoloff    
Robert Vivian      
Chairperson Member

Governance Documents