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Papa John's Updates Management Team

Ritchie promoted to COO.

Papa John's International promoted Steve Ritchie to chief operating officer. In addition, Papa John's founder, chairman and chief executive officer John Schnatter will assume the additional role of company president.

"Steve is an outstanding operator with a track record of success and is a tremendous asset to our entire system," said Schnatter. "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."

In his new role, Ritchie will lead all aspects of Papa John's global operations, support and training for 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. Ritchie joined Papa John's in 1996 and has served in various capacities of increasing responsibility, including senior vice president, North American Global Operations and Global OST. He has also served as a franchise owner and operator of multiple locations in the Midwest.

As part of the leadership changes, chief financial officer, chief administrative officer and treasurer, Lance Tucker will assume leadership of the Papa John's information systems functions, including its online ordering platform, and the human resources function.