NEW YORK – Shake Shack has expanded its executive team with the addition of a chief development officer, chief global licensing officer, chief information officer and chief marketing officer. Each position represents a newly created role at the company.
Andrew McCaughan, previously vice president of development at Shake Shack, has been elevated to the role of chief development officer. He will lead overall growth of the company, including real estate strategy, design, construction and facilities functions. McCaughan joined Shake Shack in 2010, growing the company from three locations to more than 200 restaurants worldwide.
Michael Kark, previously vice president of global licensing at Shake Shack, has been named to the role of chief global licensing officer. He will oversee the company’s licensed partnerships around the world. Over the past eight years, he has launched the brand across the United Kingdom, Middle East, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and Turkey. Before joining the company, he oversaw operations at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
“Investment in our teams and developing future leaders from within has always been incredibly important at Shake Shack,” said Randy Garutti, CEO of Shake Shack. “We believe the unity that we have built amongst our teams and across the company is a key driver of our ability to deliver a great guest experience and successfully grow our footprint. We’re proud to name Andrew McCaughan as chief development officer and Michael Kark as chief global licensing officer, two individuals that have grown with me and the Shake Shack leadership team over the years and have a proven ability to lead, execute and inspire. As we continue to build community gathering places across the US and around the globe, both Andrew and Michael will be instrumental.”
Additionally, Dave Harris has been named chief information officer at Shake Shack. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of technology at the company. He joins Shake Shack from Newell Brands, where he most recently was vice president of digital technology.
Jay Livingston will become chief marketing officer at Shake Shack, with responsibility for leading strategic and innovate marketing. Previously, he was chief marketing officer at the parent company of BarkBox, a direct-to-consumer pet goods company.
“Shake Shack is experiencing incredible growth, and now more than ever, our leadership teams will be key to our success,” Garutti said. “With a continued focus on cultivating a connected community through the strength of our brand and the evolution of our digital products, Dave and Jay’s partnership will be integral in forwarding a personalized dialogue with our guests, building the infrastructure needed to support innovation, and homing in on the intersection of convenience and excellence in experience through tech.”