Papa John's International Inc. today announced the appointment of W. Kent Taylor to the company's board of directors. Taylor, 55, is the founder of Texas Roadhouse Inc., a full-service, casual dining restaurant chain.

Taylor served as chief executive officer of Texas Roadhouse from 2000 until 2004, and has served as its executive chairman since 2004. Before founding the Texas Roadhouse concept in 1993, Taylor founded and co-owned Buckhead Bar and Grill in Louisville, Ky. He has more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

"We are delighted to have Kent join the Papa John's board," said John Schnatter, Papa John's founder, chairman and CEO. "His experience in founding and building Texas Roadhouse, focused on high-quality food and service, will bring valuable insight to our board and management team as we continue to grow the Papa John's brand throughout the world."

Headquartered in Louisville, Ky., Papa John's is the world's third-largest pizza company, with more than 3,700 restaurants in 32 countries.

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