Mon, 03/15/2021 - 10:31am

Burger King Selects Tom Curtis '81 as New COO

Tom Curtis '81. 

The latest career move for Tom Curtis ’81 is a real Whopper.

Burger King has appointed the Christ School alumnus to be Chief Operating Officer of Burger King Americas, overseeing field operations, restaurant development, and restaurant operations.

“I’m proud to join the iconic Burger King brand at a time when leadership is focused on building a world-class guest experience,” Tom said in a company press release. “After 35 years in the industry, it’s exciting to start a new role with a loved global restaurant brand that is driving product innovation and digital leadership.”

Tom’s father, Thomas Sr., was known to Greenies as “Doc Curtis” and formerly taught World Languages and History here. After growing up on campus as a self-described “faculty brat,” Tom enrolled in Emory University and began working for Domino’s Pizza as a delivery driver.

That college job eventually led to Tom’s 35-year career with Domino’s, rising from a store manager to most recently being Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations and Support. Tom is expected to join Burger King in mid-May and will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Miami.

Burger King is the second-largest fast food hamburger chain in the world and operates 18,600 locations in more than 100 countries.

“We are excited to add another seasoned expert to our leadership team and for our entire system to benefit from his impressive experience and operational expertise,” said Christopher Finazzo, President of Burger King, Americas. “Tom will be an important leader and asset in our journey to provide an exceptional guest experience at Burger King, including rapidly scaling our digital capabilities and offering a consistent and loved experience at our restaurants.”