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Chipotle Seeks a New CEO Who Can Restore Buzz for a Damaged Brand

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Nick Setyan, Wedbush analyst, and Bloomberg Intelligence’s Michael Halen, discuss management changes at Chipotle.(Source: Bloomberg)

Who wants to take on the toughest job in the restaurant industry?

That’s the question facing Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. as the company searches for a new chief executive officer to replace Steve Ells, who said last month he will be stepping down. His successor will inherit a brand that’s been badly tarnished by a food-safety crisis, and will face intense pressure to mount a turnaround, which has proved elusive in the more than two years since the foodborne-illness issues burst into public view.