Brian Niccol

Brian Niccol

CEO, Chipotle Mexican Grill

WHY: Heads OC’s No. 2 restaurant chain after moving HQ from Denver to Newport Beach last year; has overseen one of industry’s largest turnarounds in recent years since leaving Taco Bell and taking on top spot.

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RECENT: Systemwide sales of$4.9B, up 9% year-over-year. Company valued at $22B, up more than 100% since his arrival in early 2018.

QUOTABLE:“ People want to work for him,” said analyst Howard Penney. “People like that attract talented people.”

FUN FACTS: Wife and three kids; favorite TV show, “Yellowstone”; musical group of youth: U2. Likes Mission Impossible and James Bond movies.

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