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Alumni Achievement Award: Jack Hartung

John “Jack” Hartung

Alumni Achievement Award recipient John “Jack” Hartung ’79, M.B.A. ’80, the chief financial officer for Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Chipotle was a privately held company with fewer than 200 restaurants when Jack Hartung became chief financial officer in 2002. Chipotle became a public company in 2006 and now has more than 1,500 restaurants—including internationally—and a market capitalization above $16 billion.

Chipotle is changing how people think about and eat fast food by serving dishes made from sustainably raised ingredients, and by developing a high-performing people culture. Nearly all managers are promoted from crew.

As CFO, Hartung oversees all of Chipotle’s finance department, including financial and strategic planning, financial reporting, investor relations, and tax and business strategy. He also oversees IT; benefits and compensation; and safety, security and risk.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics, and an MBA with a concentration in finance, both from Illinois State University. He earned his CPA and CMA shortly after graduating from ISU.

Hartung’s family includes his wife, Nancy, and five children. He is an avid runner, world traveler and restaurant aficionado.

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