Thompson to president and c.o.o. at Papa John's

by Eric Schroeder
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LOUISVILLE, KY. — Joseph Jude Thompson, a member of the board of directors of Papa John’s International, Inc., since February 2008, has been named the company’s new president and chief operating officer. He will report to founder and chairman John Schnatter, who will remain as chief executive officer.

From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Thompson was senior vice-president of WellPoint, Inc., and president of individual business at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Earlier, he held positions of increasing responsibility with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its affiliates since 1989.

"I am excited that Jude has accepted the offer to join our management team," Mr. Schnatter said. "Jude has been an invaluable asset to the entire Papa John’s system as he helped me lead the company during the last 120-day transition period. I look forward to continuing our partnership together."

William M. Street, a member of the board of directors who led the effort to find a permanent c.e.o. back in December, added, "We evaluated many talented candidates during the search process. At the end of the day, the committee concluded that Mr. Thompson would make an outstanding addition to the management team. This appointment positions us well from a succession standpoint, as Mr. Schnatter focuses on Research & Development/Q.A. and sourcing quality ingredients while Mr. Thompson focuses on all other aspects of the day-to-day running of the business."

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