In January 2019 Steve Ritchie became the new Papa John’s CEO. He’s now head of product development for over 5,000 global stores as well as 120,000 Papa John’s employees. Steve Ritchie has a new vision for the culture at Papa John and recently he introduced a major phase in his plan. Shaquille O’Neal, NBA superstar is now the brand ambassador for Papa John’s. Steve Ritchie and Shaquille O’Neal first met at a Superbowl party hosted by Shaquille O’Neal. Ritchie and O’Neal discovered they had common interests which brought them into a working partnership.
Steve Ritchie acknowledged Shaquille O’Neal as having a unique ability to make lasting connections between people as well as bringing very positive energy to a group. Shaquille O’Neal says he has long enjoyed the products of Papa John’s and looks forward to being part of ongoing development of the Papa John brand. Following the lead of Steve Ritchie CEO, who is building the Papa John culture in order to bring more diversity to the brand.
On Track and Moving Ahead
Shaquille O’Neal says he wants to be part of a culture that is growing. Shaquille O’Neal, while working with Steve Ritchie’s team wants to be part of helping the growth come from within. Shaquille Oneal’s wants to help Papa John’s “get back on track” and move them to the next level of success.
According to Steve Ritchie, Shaquille O’Neal provides all of the qualities he sought for in a Papa John brand ambassador. which is having restaurant experience, know-how in bringing diversity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Shaquille O’Neal is enthusiastic about helping Papa John employees reach new levels of success by promoting the brand’s strengths by helping it from within. Shaquille O’Neal says he’ll bring “their game to new heights,” now that he is Papa John’s brand ambassador.
Steve Ritchie is Papa John’s current CEO in charge o product development for 120,000 employees and 5,000 stores globally. Ritchie has been with Papa John’s since 1996. He presently lives in Hikes Point, Kentucky.
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