Papa John's International Inc. has announced that Tony Thompson has been promoted to chief operating officer and president, PJ Food Service.

Thompson, who most recently served as executive vice president, Global Operations and president, PJ Food Service, will continue to report to John Schnatter, Papa John's founder, chairman and CEO.

"Tony has been a tremendous asset to the entire Papa John's system," Schnatter said. "His leadership, vision and drive have helped the company achieve tremendous results over the past 18 months, and have helped position the company for long-term success."

Thompson is responsible for leading the company's global operations and will continue to lead the operations of PJ Food Service Inc., Papa John's food manufacturing and distribution subsidiary; quality control center operations; strategic supply chain management; and research & development/quality assurance functions.

The company also announced Lance Tucker, chief financial officer and treasurer, will assume the additional role of chief administrative officer, and the promotion of Tim O'Hern to chief development officer.

Tucker will continue to report to Schnatter, and O'Hern will report to Thompson. Tucker, who first joined Papa John's in 1994, will now oversee the legal and corporate communications functions in addition to his finance and accounting responsibilities. O'Hern, who first joined Papa John's in 1996, will continue to lead Papa John's global development efforts.

"Lance and Tim have played integral roles in the growth and success of Papa John's for nearly two decades," Schnatter said. "I am confident in their abilities to keep moving the company forward as we continue to focus on accelerated unit growth and strong unit economics."

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