Rajat Shah is general counsel, corporate secretary and vice president of external affairs for Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service.
Shah joined Delaware North in 2011 as vice president of corporate development and external affairs. In his current role, he manages the legal function for the company and provides advice and counsel to senior management in all legal matters involving Delaware North or its operating companies. In addition to oversight of the legal area, Shah maintains leadership of the company’s external affairs.
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.