Papa Johns Renames Ravi Thanawala as Interim CEO
Papa Johns Renames Ravi Thanawala as Interim CEO

Papa Johns International Inc has announced that Rob Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, will be departing Papa Johns to assume another CEO position. 

The board has appointed Ravi Thanawala, Papa Johns current Chief Financial Officer, as Interim CEO effective today. 

To ensure a smooth transition, Lynch will provide continued support in an advisory role until April 30, 2024. The Board is conducting a comprehensive search process to identify a successor for the CEO role.

“Since joining Papa Johns nearly five years ago, Lynch has guided the company through a business and culture transformation. I am joined by the board, our team members and our franchisees in sharing our deepest thanks for his service and contributions in rebuilding the strength of the brand as CEO. We wish Rob all the best,” said Chairman of the Board, Christopher Coleman. 

Thanawala joined Papa Johns in 2023 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Papa Johns, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Nike North America, Nike Inc.’s largest division, generating approximately $20 billion in revenue on an annual basis. 

During his seven years at Nike, Inc., Thanawala also served as the Global VP and CFO of the Converse brand, executing Nike’s global omnichannel direct-to-consumer strategy and successfully turning around the $3.5 billion dollar Converse brand. 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. Prior to Nike Inc., Thanawala spent eight years at ANN INC. in finance and operations roles.

“I’m honored to step in as Interim CEO during this transition period and thank the Papa Johns Board of Directors for its confidence in me. We have a talented Executive Leadership Team, a strong group of franchisees and dedicated team members behind this iconic brand who will continue to deliver on our Back to Better 2.0 strategy and international transformation initiatives, creating long-term value for all of our stakeholders,” shared Thanawala.

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