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Papa John’s appoints Ravi Thanawala As CFO

Papa John’s announced the appointment of Ravi Thanawala to Chief Financial Officer, starting from July 24, 2023. Thanawala recently served as CFO of Nike North America, its largest division, with fiscal year 2022 revenue of approximately USD 18 billion. During his time at Nike, he also served as the Global VP and CFO of the Converse brand, which included working within a franchise model that comprised most of the brand’s international business. In addition, he was the Global VP of Retail Excellence, overseeing the brand’s performance across its business channels of franchises, licenses, direct to consumer and wholesale during a time of digital transformation for the business.

Chris Collins, who served as the Interim Principal Financial and Accounting Officer and finance team leader since March, will resume his role as VP of Tax and Treasury.

“Ravi is a multi-faceted leader who brings a combination of strategic financial leadership experience, operational acumen and international expertise. Ravi’s proven track record of leading companies with diversified business models and robust e-commerce platforms will be key to enabling our continued growth through both our corporate-owned and franchisee-led restaurants,” said Rob Lynch, President and CEO of Papa John’s.

“Papa John’s is a proven leader in the pizza delivery segment with its people-first culture, differentiated brand and innovative mindset,” the incoming CFO said. “The company’s vast whitespace available for development in the U.S. and internationally, a focus on operational excellence and a strong financial position make Papa Johns well-positioned to achieve long-term, profitable growth for the benefit of all of its stakeholders. I couldn’t be more excited to join the team.”

Papa John’s is co-headquartered in Atlanta and Louisville, US, and has more than 5,700 restaurants in 50 countries.

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