“We thank Jude for his service to Papa John’s,” said John Schnatter, the company’s founder, chairman and CEO. “We’ve accomplished a lot during his three years with the company and we wish him well.”
Schnatter, 49, will now assume sole responsibility for the CEO role, while also continuing to serve as chairman of the board. He created the Papa John’s concept in 1984 and also serves as brand spokesperson. Papa John's International Inc. is the world's third-largest pizza company.