LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Papa John’s International, Inc. has announced two advancements in the company. Robert Thompson has been named senior vice-president of marketing, and Edmond Heelan has been named senior vice-president of North American operations and global operations support and training.
Thompson joined Papa John’s in 1999 as a manager in operations accounting and has held various management roles within the restaurant planning and analysis team. He moved to the marketing team in 2004 and became director in 2007 and vice president in 2012. Most recently, he was vice president of brand planning and analysis. In his new position, he will oversee global marketing for Papa John’s.
Heelan began his career with the company in 2000 as training coordinator and became people services consultant in 2001. He was named director of operations in 2003, director of new product implementation in 2008 and senior director of global operations support and training in 2011. Most recently, he was vice president of corporate operations and global operations support and training. In his new position, Heelan will be responsible for all corporate and franchise operations and global operations support and training.
“Robert and Edmond are strategic operators who embody the virtues, beliefs and values of the Papa John’s way,” said Steve Ritchie, president and COO. “Their passion and commitment to the company are unmatched with a combined tenure of over 31 years. This dedicated approach aligns with our long-term vision for success in creating meaningful opportunities for team members.”