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Papa John's

Leadership

Papa John’s hires McDonald’s veteran to lead operations

The company named Jim Norberg its chief restaurant operations officer.

Financing

Papa John’s invests $80M into franchisees and marketing

The company will provide royalty relief to operators and add to the chain’s ad fund in a bid to improve the brand’s recovery.

RB’s The Bottom Line looks at what it took Papa John’s to land NBA great Shaquille O’Neal as a director and spokesman.

The company has generated excitement with the Starboard investment and addition of Shaquille O’Neal, but sales growth remains key to its comeback.

The pizza chain’s founder has hired advisers to explore a sale of all or some of his shares.

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The former McDonald’s and Subway executive will take the marketing reins at the pizza chain.

Adding the well-liked personality to the board and its marketing gives the chain positive buzz for the first time in a while, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The former NBA star is also investing in nine locations and will be an ambassador for the brand.

The chains show the restaurant industry’s uncertain answer to third-party aggregators, says RB’s The Bottom Line.