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.
PetSmart opens pop-up dog park in Detroit
Phoenix — PetSmart has partnered with the City of Detroit and the non-profit community organization Detroit Dog Park to open a portable, pop-up dog park to a vacant lot in Detroit.
PetSmart’s P.U.P. (Pop-Up Park) is a shipping container that contains everything that can be deployed to create an interim dog park, including 340 ft. of fencing; three Oops clean-up stations; three moveable backless benches; lighting on and inside the container (powered by a solar panel on the roof of the container); and a storage closet. The shipping container serves as the park’s point of entry and exit.
PetSmart provided all of the equipment required to set up the park, and Detroit Dog Park will maintain the park.
“At PetSmart, we believe in enriching people’s lives through the power of pets, and this is centered on giving back to the communities where we all live and work,” said David Lenhardt, president and CEO, PetSmart. “The PetSmart P.U.P. will provide the pet parents of downtown Detroit with a much-needed place to let their pets run and play while improving the community by repurposing vacant land.”
There are currently two other PetSmart P.U.P.s, both located in Phoenix, where PetSmart is based. PetSmart hopes to bring the P.U.P. to four more communities throughout the country by the end of 2014.
Chute Gerdeman promotes four as it names new creative director
Columbus, Ohio — Chute Gerdeman has announced four team member promotions, including the appointment of Mary Lynn Waite, formerly senior designer, brand communications, to creative director.
In other promotions:
• Steve Boreman, previously senior designer, brand communications, has been named design director, brand communications.
• Kevin Worden has been promoted to director of digital integration, information technology.
• Kathleen Allen has been promoted from designer, brand communications, to senior director, brand communications.