Shake Shack Announces Tara Comonte as New President

Chief Financial Officer Tara Comonte, a key player in Shake Shack's digital evolution, has been promoted to the expanded role of president, the New York City-based fast casual chain announced Wednesday.

Comonte, who has been CFO since 2017, “will increase her strategic leadership and operational responsibilities as Shake Shack continues to rapidly” grow in the U.S. and abroad, the company said in a statement.  

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“As president, Comonte will focus on scaling the company’s infrastructure, broadening support and guidance across day-to-day operations, and ensuring the successful execution of the company’s strategic priorities,” Shake Shack said in a statement.

She will continue her existing responsibilities as CFO, where she’s played a critical role in the chain’s focus on digital innovation investments.

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“We are in the midst of exciting growth and I’m thrilled for Tara to play an even larger role in helping lead Shake Shack to its full potential,” CEO Randy Garutti said in a statement. “Tara’s expanded role will now benefit so many other areas of our business while allowing me to focus even more on where we’re headed. In addition to excellence in her field, Tara’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, empowerment and accountability are core to the very special culture we have here at Shake Shack.”

Comonte, whose promotion was effective Tuesday, said Shake Shack has achieved so much in two years but “we’re just getting started.”

“Shake Shack is a company that walks its talk - true to the beliefs on which it was founded and committed to investment in our people and our sizeable growth opportunity,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to partnering closely across the business as we continue to deliver our strategic priorities and execute on the many opportunities that lie ahead.”

The original roadside burger stand opened in 2004 in Madison Square Park. Since then, the company has grown to more than 250 U.S. and international locations.

Contact Nancy Luna at nancy.luna@informa.com 

Follow her on Twitter: @fastfoodmaven

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