SAN DIEGO — The board of directors of Jack in the Box Inc. has named Darin Harris chief executive officer. He will succeed Leonard A. Comma, who previously announced his intent to step down in December 2019. Harris’ employment will begin no later than June 15, the company said.
Harris has more than 25 years of experience leading franchised and corporate multi-unit retail and service businesses. Most recently, he was CEO of North America for IWG PLC. Previously, he was CEO of CiCi’s Pizza, and he also held leadership roles as senior vice president of Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. and vice president, franchise and corporate development at Captain D’s Seafood Inc. He was also a prior franchise operator of Papa John’s Pizza and Qdoba Mexican Grill.
“We are enthusiastic about the breadth of experience Darin brings to the Jack in the Box team,” said David Goebel, independent lead director. “Darin is a proven leader with a strong background in franchised organizations, both in leadership positions and as a franchisee himself. I am confident in his ability to lead this organization and continue to elevate the Jack in the Box business for guests, employees, and franchisees.”
Harris received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Creighton University and a master’s degree in business administration at Xavier University.