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Delaware North announces resignation of Rajat Shah

Delaware North, the Buffalo-based hospitality and food service giant, announced Thursday that Rajat R. Shah, its executive vice president for external affairs, general counsel and secretary, has resigned “to pursue other opportunities.”

Shah joined Delaware North in 2011 as vice president of corporate development and external affairs. He said in a statement issued by Delaware North that he was grateful to the company and to the Jacobs family that owns the privately held business for his time as a member of its senior leadership team.

“This was a difficult decision,” Shah said. Prior to joining Delaware North, he served as CEO and president of SMS Advisory Services in Bethesda, Md., and as vice president of corporate development and general counsel for Seneca Gaming Corp. in Niagara Falls.

Delaware North co-CEOs Jeremy M. Jacobs Jr. and Louis M. Jacobs said Shah played a key role in several recent acquisitions, including Patina Restaurant Group, Ruby Seven Studios, and Gaming & Entertainment Management, or GEM. “Both of us want to thank Rajat for all of his hard work and significant contributions to the business during his time at Delaware North,” the co-CEOs said.

Thomas E. Popek, vice president and senior assistant general counsel, will manage the company’s legal functions in the interim.