VANCOUVER, Wash. — As further preparation for a 2005 growth spurt, Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza promoted Jerry Kenney to senior vice president of corporate operations, and Stephanie Mehta to vice president of business services.

According to a news release, the company's recent recapitalization by Charlesbank Capital Partners, coupled with a strong increase in experienced multi-unit operators, positions Papa Murphy's for powerful expansion.

The chain plans to increase the number of locations from 820 to approximately 950 in next year. In the past, Papa Murphy's has grown by about 80 units per year. Papa Murphy's plans to award franchises in the southern third of the U.S., as well as in some Mid-Atlantic states.

"Jerry has a terrific ability to manage a dynamic and diverse range of objectives, and Stephanie has incredible experience in program and systems management," said Papa Murphy's President Mark Laramie. "Both of them have played a key role in our success in reaching the 800 unit mark, and they'll help ensure that we maintain a solid infrastructure to support our new and existing locations."

In his new role as senior vice president of corporate operations, Kenney will oversee all operations groups, including the Western and Midwestern regions, business services, non-traditional operations and the company store division. Kenney's promotion follows his 15-year tenure with the company. Previously, he served as senior regional manager. Mehta assumes the vice president of business services title after four years with Papa Murphy's. In the new position, her responsibilities will include the oversight and direction of training, non-traditional systems, operations services, corporate communications, customer services and government relations. She was previously senior director of business services.

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