New CEO, New Culture
Steve Ritchie is totally dedicated to getting Papa John’s moving forward with a new and robust culture for its 120,000 global team members. Steve Ritchie has just added a brand ambassador to his team to bring greater awareness to the growing global brand. Shaquille O’Neal, the recently retired NBA superstar signed a deal that will make him the new brand ambassador for Papa John’s.
Steve Ritchie, CEO is excited to have Shaquille O’Neal to become a board member, while offering his contagious enthusiasm and community building charism to the global Papa John’s brand. Steve Ritchie first met Shaquille O’Neal in Atlanta where O’Neal was hosting a Superbowl weekend party. Shaquille O’Neal has for many years enjoyed the products of Papa John’s and has a great interest in the restaurant business.
This unique combination of interests besides having a very successful entrepreneurial spirit brought his attention to Steve Ritchie while seeking someone to carry on the work of being a brand ambassador of Papa John’s.
Building a New Culture
Shaquille O’Neal, for his part, is very excited about being invited to be part of the growing culture of Papa John’s and having the opportunity to be an influence in this emerging new culture taking place under the guidance of CEO Steve Ritchie. Steve Ritchie pointed out several qualities of the retired NBA star.
Working with Shaquille O’Neal
Steve Ritchie is very positive that Shaquille O’Neal will help bring about “lasting connections” between his team of 120,000 who work in over 5,000 stores worldwide. Furthermore, Shaquille O’Neal is able to “energize” his team for a positive change. Steve Ritchie says Shaquille O’Neal has a strong “business acumen,” which he is bringing to Papa John’s as its official brand ambassador.
Steve Ritchie worked in Papa John’s for 22 years before being appointed the new CEO of Papa John’s. Steve Ritchie is seeking to grow the Papa John brand and engineer ways in finding the highest quality ingredients for its products.
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