For several decades, Papa John’s has been one of the most successful and popular pizza chains in the United States and the entire world. One of the reasons why the company has continued to be successful is because of strong leadership. In 2017, the company opted to make some changes and once again continued the trend of having a strong leader at the top of the organization when they promoted Mr. Steve Ritchie to CEO.
Steve Ritchie was officially appointed as the CEO of Papa John’s International Inc., on January 1, 2018. The story of Steve Ritchie being appointed to this position is a true success story that has become less and less common in the workplace today. However, it is a clear example of how hard work and perseverance could lead to great success for all people.
Steve Ritchie started his career working for Papa John’s when he was just in his early 20s. At this time, he started working as a customer service professional and barely earned more than $6 per hour. After working for the company for about ten years and taking on some additional responsibility, he eventually purchased and opened his first franchise of Papa John’s in 2006.
Due to the success of his franchise, Steve Ritchie was continuously sought after for advice. He was eventually hired in 2010 to be a corporate leader, which then led to a role as COO of the entire organization. After being successful in the role as COO for a few years, he was identified as a potential CEO in 2015. At this time, he was also named the President of the organization, which has allowed him to manage a wide variety of high-level tasks for the company. In this time, he has learned a lot, which will helped him smoothly transition to the CEO position.