Papa John’s names Joe Smith CFO

The finance veteran has been with the chain since 2000.

Papa John’s International on Thursday named Joe Smith CFO.

Smith takes over for Lance Tucker, who in January left the Louisville, Ky.-based chain to take the CFO job at Jack in the Box.

Smith had been Papa John’s senior vice president, global sales and development, and has been with the company since 2000 in various roles. He has 33 years of experience in finance, development and accounting.

“Joe has had an integral role in the growth of Papa John’s during his 18 years at the company,” CEO Steve Ritchie said in a statement.

John Schnatter, Papa John’s chairman, said that Smith “has demonstrated strong finance skills and integrity his many years with Papa John’s, and his promotion is well-deserved.”

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