Jack in the Box Inc. announced that Darin Harris has been appointed chief executive officer by its board of directors.
Harris will also join the Jack in the Box Board of Directors effective on the start of his employment no later than June 15, 2020.
According to Jack in the Box, Harris brings 25 years of experience leading franchised and corporate multiunit retail and service businesses. Most recently, Harris has served as chief executive officer of North America for IWG PLC, the holding group for several leading providers of over 1,000 flexible workspaces. Harris has extensive restaurant experience.
“I am thrilled to join this strong leadership team and build a great future for the Jack in the Box brand, our talented employees, and all Jack in the Box franchisees,” said Harris. “Given my extensive background in franchising, brand building, and operations, I have been able to observe the potential of this company, and I look forward to leading the organization toward this potential.
“My first order of business will be to learn this iconic brand and listen to our team members, partners, and franchisees on how best to serve our guests.”
Harris takes over from Lenny Comma who has been CEO and chairman of the board since 2014. Comma will leave the company and board when Harris starts, Jack in the Box said.
The Board of Directors has also elected David Goebel to serve as non-executive chairman of the board, effective when Harris begins employment with the company.