Industry News | July 31, 2012

Papa John's Execs Moving On Up

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Papa John’s International, Inc. announced the promotion of Tony Thompson 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 Papa John’s founder, chairman, and CEO John Schnatter.

“Tony has been a tremendous asset to the entire Papa John’s system,” Schnatter says. “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, CFO 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 says. “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.”