Industry News | August 6, 2010

For International Growth, Papa John's Hires VP

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Papa John's International Inc. announced the appointment of Tom Sterrett to senior vice president of international. Sterrett will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s international operations, consisting of more than 700 restaurants in 28 countries.

Sterrett has been with Papa John’s for more than 15 years serving in a variety of operations roles, most recently as Papa John’s division vice president for the South division since 2008, where he helped lead the division to record sales and profits.

“Tom is an extremely talented operator, with tremendous operations experience, and we are pleased to have him lead our growing international business,” says Jude Thompson, Papa John’s president and co-CEO. “Tom knows what it takes to run successful Papa John’s restaurants, markets, and franchises. With a very solid international leadership and support team already in place, I am confident that our international business will thrive under his leadership.”

From 2007 to 2008, Sterrett was Papa John’s division vice president for the Midwest, Papa John’s largest division, and from 2005 to 2007, served as operations vice president for the Midwest. Prior to his time with Papa John’s, Sterrett spent 11 years in Domino’s system, both as an employee and a franchisee.

“As our international business continues to gain momentum, our goal is to consistently make and deliver the same quality pizza around the world as we do in the U.S.,” Thompson says. “Tom has done an outstanding job on the domestic side of our business, and has proven he is committed to profitable sales and growth. I look forward to working with him as he replicates our domestic success in markets throughout the world.”