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Papa John’s names Elias Reyna chief people and diversity officer

Reyna returns to the pizza chain. He had been VP of human resources before he left for another company.
Papa John's chief people and diversity officer
Papa John's brought back its former head of HR to be its chief people and diversity officer. / Photograph: Shutterstock.

Papa John’s International on Monday named Elias Reyna its new chief people and diversity officer.

Reyna will replace Marvin Boakye, who had been in the role for nearly four years, on Nov. 28.

This is the second stint at Papa John’s for Reyna, who returns to the company after a short time as VP of human resources for ABM Industries in Houston. Reyna led human resources for Papa John’s for more than two years, when he worked as the people operations lead for the opening of the company’s second headquarters in Atlanta.

He also served as interim VP of diversity, equity and inclusion during a transition period with the company. “Elias couldn’t be a better culture fit for Papa John’s as he is a model of our core values,” Papa John’s CEO Rob Lynch said in a statement.

Reyna has more than 20 years of human resources experience with several large companies, including Shell Oil, Tesoro Refining and Marathon Petroleum. He will be based in Atlanta.

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