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Papa Johns International Inc. announced the departure of Amanda Clark, chief operating officer for international and development, as of March 1.

Papa Johns says Amanda Clark to depart as COO international

Pizza brand says she has been named CEO at another unidentified franchise company

Papa Johns International Inc.’s Amanda Clark will depart as chief operating officer for international on March 1 to assume the role of CEO at another company in the franchise industry, the pizza brand said Monday.

Papa-Johns-Amanda-Clark-Headshot.jpgClark joined Papa Johns as chief development officer in February 2020 and was named chief operating officer in September 2023. The company said it is seeking a successor.

Rob Lynch, Papa Johns CEO and president, said in a statement: “We have created a culture at Papa John’s where we cultivate top talent and help them achieve their full potential. We wish Amanda much success in her new role.”

Under Clark’s leadership, the company said, Papa Johns added more than 700 net new units and signed the two largest development agreements in company’s history.

“We have a strong international leadership team in place and talent within that organization who will continue to deliver on our business priorities while we conduct a comprehensive search that will evaluate both internal and external candidates for the next international leader,” Lynch said.

“The team is focused on executing the international transformation initiatives we recently announced as part of our Back to Better 2.0 plan, including establishing our international regional business hubs, accelerating consumer-facing technology enhancements and optimizing the U.K. market for long-term profitability and strength,” he said.

Papa Johns, founded in 1984, has more than 5,900 restaurants in 50 countries and territories.

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