San Francisco Chronicle

Papa John’s CEO to re­sign


Papa John’s founder John Sch­nat­ter will step down as CEO next month, about two months af­ter he crit­i­cized NFL lead­er­ship over protests by play­ers dur­ing the na­tional an­them.

Sch­nat­ter had blamed slow­ing sales growth on the out­cry sur­round­ing NFL play­ers kneel­ing dur­ing the an­them, say­ing that cus­tomers had a neg­a­tive view of the chain’s spon­sor­ship of NFL games. The com­ments drew praise from white su­prem­a­cists, and Papa John’s apol­o­gized two weeks later.

Sch­nat­ter will re­main as chair­man but be re­placed as CEO by Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Steve Ritchie on Jan. 1.

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