Jack in the Box begins search for new CEO

A change is coming the executive menu at Jack in the Box.

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Chief executive officer Lenny Comma said he will leave the company, although there’s no set date for his departure.

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The company announced Wednesday that Comma “believes now is an appropriate time for the company to move forward with identifying a successor.”

Comma has been with Jack in the Box for 18 years, including six as chairman and CEO.

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“I’m proud of what the company has been able to accomplish during my tenure as Chairman and CEO,” said Comma. “Since 2014, we’ve sold Qdoba, finished our evolution to an asset-light brand by completing our refranchising efforts, gone through a rigorous strategic alternatives process, completed a very complex $1.3 billion securitization transaction, dramatically strengthened our operations leadership bench, and recently concluded our ninth straight year of system same-store sales growth.”

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The search is on as Jack in the Box has retained executive search and leadership consulting firm Spencer Stuart to assist in picking Comma’s replacement.

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The company said Comma will work with the successor “on a smooth and efficient transition of leadership,” and that it will look at internal and external candidates.