Papa Murphy's hires new president
June 2, 2011
by Bryan Salvage
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Papa Murphy’s International has hired Ken Calwell as president, effective June 6. He will report to John Barr, chairman and CEO. Calwell has more than 20 years of leadership experience at large quick- service restaurant chains.
Most recently, he was the chief marketing officer for Wendy's International where he was responsible for brand marketing, advertising, new product development, pricing, field marketing, and research and development. Prior to that position, he was the chief marketing officer and executive vice president of research and development at Domino's Pizza where he was part of the leadership team that executed a comprehensive business turnaround and led the company through an IPO in 2004. Before joining Domino's, he also held leadership positions at Frito Lay, Pizza Hut and The Pillsbury Company.
Calwell holds a BBA from Washburn University and an MBA from Indiana University
Papa Murphy's is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and a leader in the take 'n' bake pizza segment. It operates more than 1,250 franchised and corporate-owned locations in 37 states and Canada.