SAN DIEGO — Tony Darden has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer at Jack in the Box Inc.
He joins the company from Mooyah Burgers Fries and Shake, where he was president for the past two years. Before that, he was COO at Taco Bueno and Sun Holdings, a restaurant franchisee with a portfolio of more than 1,000 restaurants for brands including Burger King, Popeyes, Krispy Kreme and Arby’s. He also held operations leadership roles at Panera Bread and Metromedia Restaurant Group/Bennigan’s.
“I’ve known Tony professionally through the years and I know he is the right person to lead operations at Jack in the Box by partnering with our franchisees to focus on operations excellence and restaurant profits,” said Darin Harris, chief executive officer at Jack in the Box. “He cares deeply about people, franchisee success and giving our guests a consistent brand experience.”
Darden is the fifth new C-suite hire for Harris, who joined Jack in the Box last year. Other recent additions include Carlson Choi, chief information officer; Steve Piano, chief people officer; Ryan Ostrom, chief marketing officer; and Timothy Mullany, chief financial officer.