With the departure of Tony Thompson announced earlier this week, the Papa John’s president void will be filled by Founder John Schnatter, who also serves as CEO and chairman.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, this is the third time Schnatter has re-assumed the president's seat after relinquishing the title.
Additionally, Papa John’s International announced the promotion of Steve Ritchie to COO. He will lead all aspects of the company’s global operations, support and training in more than 4,400 restaurants in 35 countries. He will also lead the company’s research and development, quality assurance, PJ Food Service and supply chain functions.
“Steve is an outstanding operator with a track record of success, and a tremendous asset to our entire system,” Schnatter said in a release. “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.”
Also as part of the chain’s leadership changes, CFO, chief administrative officer and treasurer Lance Tucker, will assume leadership of the company’s information systems functions, including its online ordering platform, and the Human Resources function.
Ritchie has served in various capacities of increasing responsibility since joining Papa John’s in 1996, including SVP of North and Latin American operations and Global OST; SVP, North American operations and global OST; SVP of operations and global OST; and VP of operations and global OST. Since 2006, he also has served as a franchise owner and operator of multiple units in the company’s Midwest division.
Tucker was appointed CAO in July 2012 and CFO and treasurer in February 2011. He previously held the positions of chief of staff and SVP for strategic planning, and chief of staff and VP for strategic planning.