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CEO, Shake Shack

Danny Meyer: Biography at a Glance

  • CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, the company behind multiple award-winning restaurants including Gramercy Tavern,  Shake Shack, The Modern and Union Square Cafe
  • Best-selling author of “Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business”
  • USHG restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 24 James Beard awards
  • Diversified USHG by launching the full-service catering and hospitality business Union Square Events and the learning and consultant business Quotient
CEO, Shake Shack

Danny Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Union Square Hospitality Group includes Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, The Modern, Maialino, Untitled, North End Grill, Marta, Porchlight, Union Square Events, and Hospitality Quotient, a learning and consulting business.

Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, and in 2015, Danny was named to the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World.

Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business and life.

An active national leader in the fight against hunger, Danny serves on the board of Share Our Strength and has long supported hunger relief initiatives including City Harvest, God’s Love We Deliver, and the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger. He is equally active in civic affairs, serving on the boards of NYC & Co, Union Square Partnership, and the Madison Square Park Conservancy. 

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