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Papa John’s appoints former Arby’s chief as new president and CEO

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Papa John’s has announced that Rob Lynch has been named as its new president and CEO, effective immediately.

Lynch joins the pizza delivery giant after leaving his role as president of Arby’s, where he led the brand’s dramatic turn-around to strong growth and profitability.

Jeff Smith, chairman of the Papa John’s board of directors, said, “I am thrilled to welcome Rob to Papa John’s at this pivotal moment in the company’s history.

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“His proven record transforming organizations and realizing the growth potential of differentiated brands is ideally suited for Papa John’s as the company sets forth on its next chapter.”

In this position, Lynch’s priority will be to focus the company and its franchisees on the brand’s tremendous future potential, building on Papa John’s history of “great food, outstanding customer service and passionate team members.”

Papa John’s claims Lynch has a record of reigniting purpose-driven organizations, leading high-performing, collaborative teams and growing successful consumer brands as was demonstrated most recently during his tenure at Arby’s.

Of his appointment, Lynch said: “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to work with this outstanding team to help make Papa John’s the best pizza company in the world.

“Papa John’s has the most loved pizza in the industry, incredibly dedicated team members and franchisees that have proven their resilience and commitment, and a long history of innovation that puts the company at the front of where the foodservice industry is going.

“I look forward to building on these strengths, working with Papa John’s team members, franchisees and business partners. I absolutely believe that Papa John’s best days are ahead.”

In addition to his role at Arby’s, Lynch has also held leadership positions at Taco Bell, HJ Heinz Company, and Procter & Gamble and has 20 years combined experience in QSR and consumer packaged goods.

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