Papa John’s International, Inc. has announced a new, more streamlined senior management team, with additions to the team as well as promotions and expanded roles for key leaders.
The updated management structure aligns with the company’s new strategy and priorities, states the brand.
Rob Lynch, president and CEO said: “After two months as CEO, I’m more excited than ever by the dedication, drive and resilience of Papa John’s team members and franchisees. Today I’m announcing a new management structure that will be the foundation on which we build our future.
“As we introduce a more focused plan and strategic priorities for the company, we are realigning Papa John’s senior management, promoting leaders within the company and adding proven talent. The strong, streamlined team has more clearly defined responsibilities and priorities, which I believe will empower our senior leaders to make quicker, better decisions, collaborate more effectively and focus investment and effort on the key drivers of Papa John’s future growth and success.”
Max Wetzel, formerly VP, consumer brands and chief transformation officer at PPG Industries, is joining the company as chief commercial and marketing officer, beginning November 18, 2019. Wetzel will oversee marketing, menu strategy, product innovation, customer experience and a new project management office. Jim Norberg, the company’s SVP, chief of restaurant operations, has been named chief operating officer, North America, and Jack Swaysland has been named chief operating officer, international.
As a result of the reorganization, chief operating and growth officer Mike Nettles and chief marketing officer Karlin Linhardt will leave the company after a short transition period to pursue other opportunities. In addition, chief financial officer Joe Smith will be leaving the company in 2020 following the fiscal 2019 year-end, after almost 20 years at Papa John’s. He will continue to serve as chief financial officer while the company searches for a new CFO.
Lynch continued: “On behalf of the entire Papa John’s team, I want to express gratitude to Joe Smith for his dedication to the company, his commitment to a smooth transition and the big impact he has made in the many important roles he has served here, including as CFO since April 2018.
“I also want to thank Mike Nettles and Karlin Linhardt for the significant contributions they have made to Papa John’s and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”