Papa John’s names global operations VP as COO

Indianapolis - Papa John’s International Inc. has promoted senior VP of global operations Steve Ritchie to the position of COO. In addition, the company’s founder, chairman and CEO John Schnatter, will assume the additional role of president, continuing to focus on all aspects of the company’s business while also acting as brand spokesperson.

In his new role, Ritchie will lead all aspects of Papa John’s operations, support and training, and also lead the company’s research and development, quality assurance, PJ Food Service and supply chain functions. As part of the leadership changes, CFO, CAO & treasurer Lance Tucker will assume leadership of Papa John’s information systems functions, including its online ordering platform and the HR function. In their expanded roles, both Ritchie and Tucker will play key roles in the company’s strategic planning process.

Ritchie has served in various capacities of increasing responsibility since joining Papa John’s in 1996, and since 2006 also has served as a franchise owner and operator of multiple units in the company’s Midwest Division.

“Steve is an outstanding operator with a track record of success, and a tremendous asset to our entire system,” said Schnatter. “Steve and I are passionate about the Papa John’s brand, and will work with our global franchise and corporate operators and the rest of this outstanding management team to continue to grow the brand and our quality position around the world.”

As of June 1, Anthony N. (“Tony”) Thompson, who previously served as president and COO of Papa John’s, will assume the position of president and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.

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