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Papa John’s names Joe Sieve chief restaurant officer

The former Inspire Brands executive will oversee franchise-operations support and company-owned restaurants at the pizza chain.
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Papa John's Chief Restaurant Officer Joe Sieve./Photo courtesy of Papa John's

Papa John’s on Tuesday named Joe Sieve the company’s new chief restaurant officer.

Sieve comes to the Louisville, Ky.-based pizza chain from Inspire Brands, where he was vice president of franchise development. Before that, he worked as director of strategic market growth with Domino’s Pizza, where his team developed the company’s fortressing strategy. Sieve started his career as a franchisee of Domino’s.

At Papa John’s, Sieve will lead the company’s franchise-operations support team, company-owned restaurants and its operations-excellence team. He will be responsible for driving operations improvement across the entire system. He will report to Max Wetzel, Papa John’s chief commercial officer.

Wetzel said that Sieve’s “leadership experience, extensive operational knowledge and successful track record working with franchisees and as a franchisee himself are all substantial assets for our team and brand.”

Sieve joins a company that has thrived of late. Papa John’s U.S. system sales rose 12.6% in 2021, according to data from Restaurant Business sister company Technomic. The brand operates 3,200 locations in the U.S. It operates more than 5,600 locations around the world.

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