Papa John's International Inc. will promote Steve Ritchie to CEO effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Ritchie started with Papa John's in 1996 as a customer service representative at $6 per hour. In 2006, he became a Papa John's franchise owner and operator, then in 2010 began serving in increasing capacities of leadership in operations until being promoted to chief operating officer in 2014. Ritchie was added to the succession plan for the company’s top job in 2015 when he was named president, per a release announcing this transition.