Legendary quick-serve restaurant chain Jack in the Box hired Tony Darden to serve as senior vice president and chief operating officer, effective June 7, 2021. Darden joins Jack in the Box from MOOYAH Burgers Fries & Shakes, where he served as president for the past two years.
Darden has also held chief operating officer titles at Taco Bueno and Sun Holdings, a franchisee with a portfolio of more than 1,000 restaurants for brands including Burger King, Popeyes, Krispy Kreme and Arby’s. Additionally, Darden held operations leadership roles at Panera Bread and Metromedia Restaurant Group/Bennigan’s.
He is the fifth c-suite hire by Dan Harris, who became Jack in the Box’s CEO in April 2020.
The news comes on the heels of Jack in the Box reporting its second quarter financial results, which included total revenue growth of 19% over the same period in 2020 and 20.6% growth in system same-store sales.