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Papa John's founder to quit as CEO

Papa John's has been the official pizza provider of the NFL since 2010


Papa John’s International founder John Schnatter will step down as chief executive by the year-end, the pizza chain operator said on Thursday, weeks after his comments on the NFL leadership drew criticism. The company said Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie will succeed Schnatter, who is also the chairman of the board. Schnatter, 56, who founded the company in 1984, came under fire in November after he criticized the National Football League’s leadership over national anthem protests by players. “The NFL has hurt us. And more importantly, by not ...

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First Published: Sat, December 23 2017. 02:10 IST