Papa John's Scores Shaq To Help Revive Its ImagePapa John's is trying to revive its image after the company's founder and namesake, John Schnatter, was reported to have used a racial slur during a media training session.
Papa John's, John Schnatter Reach Settlement AgreementPapa John's, which was founded in 1984, has been floundering after a series of missteps by Schnatter, who blamed disappointing sales on NFL player protests and used the N-word during a company conference call. Schnatter stepped down as CEO in late 2017 and resigned as chairman last July.
Papa John's Founder Seeks Court Help In Battle With CompanyHe is also suing to gain access to the company's books and records in a complaint where he accuses the company of treating him in an "unexplained and heavy-handed way."
Papa John's Is Rolling Out Diversity Training Across The CompanyTraining will start in October at the corporate office and at corporate-owned stores, which make up about 20% of its the chain's US restaurants.
Papa John's Sales Fall As Founder Attacks CEOPapa John's says a key sales figure dropped 10.5 percent in July, and that it can't predict how long and badly it will be affected by the fallout with its founder.
Papa John's Founder: I Should Be The Chain's Public Face"My persona resonates with the consumer because it's authentic, it's genuine and it's the truth."
Papa John Sues Papa John'sSchnatter has admitted he said the N-word on a conference call with a marketing firm.
Papa John's Pulling Founder's Image From Its MarketingHis face was off at least some materials by late morning Friday, though the company said the details and exact timing for everything were still being worked out.
Image Issue: Papa John's Still Tied To Founder Who ResignedJohn Schnatter has long been the face of the brand, appearing on pizza boxes and in TV ads for the chain.
Papa John's Founder John Schnatter Resigns As Chairman Of Board After Using Racial SlurPapa John's Pizza's founder John Schnatter may have resigned as chairman of the restaurant chain's board of directors following news that he used a racial slur in a conference call, but he still owns a substantial stake in the company.
Papa John's Founder Apologizes For Using N-wordJohn Schnatter founded Papa John's in 1984. He is the public face of the company and its largest shareholder.