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Steve Ells    

Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO of Chipotle

When Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle, opened the first Chipotle in Denver in 1993, he had a novel idea - to demonstrate that food served fast didn't have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, he and Chipotle are changing the way people think about and eat fast food. With a commitment to using ingredients from more sustainable sources - including naturally raised meat, organic and locally grown produce, as well as dairy products made with milk from cows that are not given synthetic hormones - Ells and Chipotle are leading a revolution to make great food affordable and accessible so everyone can eat better.

Ells, a classically trained chef, has received considerable praise for his vision and leadership at Chipotle. The New York Times proclaimed that Chipotle provides "a chance to witness - and taste - a shift in American fast food," and Newsweek called him "an environmental champion" for his commitment to supporting sustainable agriculture.

In 2006, Chipotle's prominence as a company was recognized when it became one of the most successful initial public offerings of the year. Its leadership and success in business has prompted accolades from a new universe of sources, including the Wall Street Journal which said, "Chipotle has arguably become the country's most successful fast-food chain"; SustainableBusiness.com which named Chipotle one of the "world's top 20 sustainable stocks" two years in a row (2007 and 2008); and the Motley Fool, which called it the "most socially responsible company" in 2008.

Ells holds a bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York.

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Steve Ells, Chipotle Founder, Reflects On McDonald's, GMOs And ...

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Chipotle's Steve Ells Talks About Haters - Business Insider

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Chipotle founder Ells becomes sole CEO

Steve Ells, who founded Chipotle Mexican Grill in 1993, will again become CEO of the burrito chain.

Chipotle Makes Founder Steve Ells Its Sole CEO As Monty Moran ...

Chipotle said Monday that it is making founder Steve Ells its sole CEO. Monty Moran, with whom Ells has split CEO duties since 2009, has stepped down from ...

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1 Chipotle investors looking to oust founder Steve Ells as chairman

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