Meet Papa John’s New CEO Steve Ritchie

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Steve Ritchie is the new CEO and president of Papa John’s Pizza. The 43-year-old began at Papa John’s in 1996, working for $6 an hour as a sales representative. Ritchie decided to write a letter of apology stating the NFL had nothing to do with the pizza company’s declining sales. The new CEO wants customers to know that racism and vulgar language won’t be tolerated. Ritchie wants to have a clean slate. The new CEO is planning to turn Papa John’s Pizza around. Ritchie realized the first apology probably wasn’t sincere enough, so he decided to write another one.

Steve Ritchie Papa John’s is arranging to have outside experts come to Papa John’s to audit the company’s business practices. Ritchie says that the senior advisors are on the road listening to employees and franchise owners to use their feedback and implement them into the company. Steve Ritchie wants to be transparent about Papa John’s business practices.

Steve Ritchie explained that Papa John’s isn’t an individual. Papa John’s is 120,000 corporate franchise team members. The pizza company headquarters is based in Louisville, Ky. Steve Ritchie took over as Papa John’s CEO in January 2018. In 22 years of employment, Ritchie has held 15 positions in the company. He spent three years as CEO of Papa John’s International before becoming the new CEO. Before becoming CEO, Richie had his own Papa John’s franchise in Wisconsin. Ritchie knows and understands what franchise owners have to deal with daily.

According to Boardroom Insiders, Steve Ritchie was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. Ritchie graduated from Seneca High School. Never college educated, Ritchie went to work right out of high school. Ritchie bought his own pizzeria for $16,000 in Hikes Point when he was a high school senior. He started working at Papa John’s when he was 21 and realized that he planned to stay there a long time. Papa John’s is the third largest pizza chain in the United States. Papa John’s began on October 2, 1984 in Jeffersonville, Ind. Papa John’s was a local pizza shop until it became public in 1993. To another 25 years of Papa John’s.

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