Categories Lifestyle

New CFO selected for Dave & Buster’s following former Chuck E. Cheese exec

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment announced the appointment of finance veteran Darin Harper as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), replacing current CFO Michael Quartieri who is retiring. Harper’s extensive career in corporate finance includes roles at family entertainment brand Main Event Entertainment, Mexican food chain On The Border, and Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company CEC Entertainment.

In a press release, Dave & Buster’s CEO Chris Morris expressed confidence in Harper’s ability to lead the company’s finance team to new heights, considering him the ideal candidate for the role after an extensive national search.

The transition in leadership comes at a time when Dave & Buster’s is facing challenges with declining sales, with net income for the fourth quarter of 2023 down from the previous year. The company is also focusing on growth initiatives such as revamping its dining experience and enhancing its data capabilities.

Harper, who most recently served as CFO of World Choice Investments, expressed excitement about the potential for growth at Dave & Buster’s and the strategic opportunities ahead. He will receive an annual base salary of 5,000 along with bonuses based on performance targets, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Prior to his current role, Harper served as CFO of Main Event before it was acquired by Dave & Buster’s in a major deal. He also held financial leadership positions at On The Border and CEC Entertainment. Harper’s experience and expertise in the entertainment and restaurant industries make him well-suited to drive Dave & Buster’s financial strategy forward.