Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced that Nigel Travis, former president and COO of Blockbuster Inc. joined Papa John’s as president and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. Travis will begin his duties with Papa John’s on a full-time basis beginning April 1, 2005, and will report to the Board and its chairman and company founder, John Schnatter.
“We are pleased to welcome Nigel to Papa John’s,” says Schnatter. “He is a world class leader with a demonstrated ability to grow a brand in a competitive environment. Nigel is committed to profitable sales and restaurant growth, both of which are extremely important to our franchisees and restaurant operators throughout the system. His experience in leading and innovating at Blockbuster will be extremely valuable in growing our brand both within the U.S. and internationally.”
From 2001 to 2004, Travis served as president and COO of Blockbuster Inc., responsible for worldwide store operations, product and merchandising, development, marketing, and blockbuster.com.
During Travis’ tenure at Blockbuster, worldwide revenue grew from $3.9 billion in 1998 to $5.9 billion in 2003. Travis was also heavily involved in developing a worldwide system of 300 franchisees in 15 countries, with excellent franchisor-franchisee relations.
From 1985 to 1994, Travis served in various capacities for Grand Metropolitan PLC (London, England), including leadership positions at Burger King Corporation for five years. From 1991 to 1994, Travis served as Managing Director, EMEA for Burger King, responsible for operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Travis is credited with stabilizing the inherited base of 330 restaurants, restoring profitability to this business unit and leading the expansion to 650 restaurants in 20 countries. From 1989 to 1991, Travis was SVP, human resources for Burger King, leading all HR activities for the then 45,000 company employees worldwide.
“I’m really excited about joining Papa John’s and working with a talented management team and franchise family to continue to grow this wonderful brand worldwide,” says Travis. “Papa John’s is the recognized quality leader in pizza and I believe the company’s best days are ahead. I believe this position builds on my experience of growing international brands with extensive franchise communities.”