Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, the parent company of Checkers & Rally’s iconic drive-thru restaurants, today announced that industry veteran Lenny Comma is joining the company’s board of directors. This will be Comma’s first board appointment since his retirement in June 2020 from his role as Chairman and CEO of Jack in the Box.
“This is an exciting time to be a part of Checkers & Rally’s as we grow sales, open new restaurants and add highly qualified franchisees to our system, and we are delighted to have Lenny join our team,” said Frances Allen, president and CEO of Checkers & Rally’s, who worked with Comma during her time as brand president at Jack in the Box. “Lenny’s proven history of exceptional leadership, operational insights, marketing savvy and sales growth make him the ideal addition to our board.”
Comma served as Chairman and CEO of Jack in the Box from January of 2014 to June of 2020, developing and executing strategic and financial plans, evolving the business model to meet target market and investor expectations, and transforming the organizational structure, talent base, processes, reward systems and culture to align with the brand’s strategy. He successfully led the Jack in the Box Board of Directors to make decisions regarding strategy, succession planning, governance, risk management, continuing education, and performance.
“Joining the Checkers & Rally’s team as a director was a natural choice for me,” said Comma. “The Company is ideally positioned for future success given its strategic drive-thru-only business model, commitment to innovation, and opportunities for new unit growth. In today’s changing restaurant landscape, as consumers crave comfort food ordered from drive-thrus, delivery and order ahead, Checkers & Rally has inherent advantages, and I am also impressed with the Company’s rapid innovation to support contactless transactions. I am honored to join the board of this energetic, growing brand.”