- Monty Moran, co-CEO and secretary;
- Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing officer — yes, he’s the one facing cocaine charges;
- John Charlesworth, director;
- Kimbal Musk, director ;
- Patrick Flynn, director — no relation to Food Safety News Editor in Chief Dan Flynn;
- Stephen Gillett, director;
- Albert Baldocchi, director;
- Darlene Friedman, director; and
- Neil Flanzraich, director.
For almost a year now the Denver-based fast food chain has been struggling with the stuff of PR nightmares, beginning with a string of six foodborne illness outbreaks across the country that developed into plummeting sales and stock declines that are yet to rebound. Then the lawsuits started coming. Victims infected with Salmonella, E. coli and norovirus got representation. So did stockholders. Earlier this week yet another action hit the federal court system. Sean Gubricky filed a shareholder derivative complaint in U.S. District Court in Denver, demanding a jury trial and seeking reform of Chipotle’s “corporate governance and internal procedures to comply with applicable laws and protect the company and its shareholders from a recurrence of the events described herein…” Even though parts of Gubricky’s of complaint are blacked out in the name of trade secrets and corporate confidentiality, it’s easy to see the allegations of mismanagement and lapses in judgement against founder and co-CEO Ells and the burrito bunch. In plain language, the complaint contends that Ells and the gang should have known how to make sure food served at the chain’s 1,900-plus restaurants wouldn’t poison customers. The civil suit also contends executives and directors failed to meet their job responsibilities and violated the Chipotle ethics code by allowing conditions and practices to occur that lead to the outbreaks and subsequent devaluation of the company. Defendants named in the shareholder complaint in addition to Ells are:What a drag it must be to wake up every day as the public relations guy for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Seriously, consumers to the left of you, media to the right, and there you are — stuck in the middle with Steve Ells and the burrito bunch.