Position: Executive Vice President, External Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary

Rajat Shah is executive vice president, external affairs, general counsel and secretary for Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service. Delaware North is one of the largest and most-admired privately held companies in the United States with revenues of approximately $3 billion and 60,000 associates serving half a billion customers in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Shah joined Delaware North in 2011 as vice president of corporate development and external affairs. In his current role, Shah leads the legal function for Delaware North and provides advice and counsel to senior management in all legal matters involving Delaware North and its operations. In addition to oversight of the legal area, Shah maintains leadership of the company’s external affairs, corporate governance, compliance and security.
Prior to joining Delaware North, Shah was CEO and president of SMS Advisory Services LLC in Bethesda, Md., where he provided strategic consulting services to a large number of major corporations. Shah was also senior vice president of corporate development and general counsel for Seneca Gaming Corp., based in Western New York, and counsel for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, D.C.
Shah began his legal career at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in New York as an associate with the Capital Markets Group of the firm. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law and Gettysburg College.

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