John “Jack” Hartung, chief financial officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., and an alumnus of Illinois State, will give a talk titled Building a Sustainable Business Culture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Center for Performing Arts .
The event is free and open to the public. Part of the Speaker Series at Illinois State University, the talk is sponsored by the Illinois State College of Business, and is part of Business Week 2015.
Hartung joined Chipotle as chief financial officer in 2002, when Chipotle was a privately held company with fewer than 200 restaurants. Chipotle became a public company with its highly successful initial public offering in 2006. Now the business has more than 1,700 restaurants – all company owned – and has a market value estimated at nearly $20 billion.
Currently, Hartung oversees all aspects of Chipotle’s finance department, including financial and strategic planning, financial reporting, investor relations, tax and business strategy. He also oversees IT and safety, security and risk.
Hartung has bachelor’s degrees in accounting and economics and an MBA from Illinois State. He earned a CPA and CMA shortly after graduating from ISU. In 2007, he was inducted into the Illinois State University College of Business Hall of Fame.
He joined Chipotle after spending 18 years at McDonald's, where he served in a variety of management positions, including vice president and chief financial officer of Partner Brands Groups.
The Speaker Series of Illinois State University seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.