Papa Johns has been through some rough times recently, but thanks to great new leadership, it is coming out victorious on the other side. Papa Johns new management is coming up with ways to keep the company relevant, engaging and fun. One step they have taken toward this goal is bringing Shaquille O’Neal onto the team.
It’s no surprise that this bold move has garnered increasing interest in the pizza brand. Shaq is one of the most well-known figures in sports history. He also has a likeable persona that effortlessly draws people in. The new Papa Johns CEO, Robert Lynch, wisely recognizes Shaq’s appeal and is excited to have the sports giant on the team.
Rob Lynch Has Big Plans
After taking leadership of a well-known pizza chain embroiled in recent controversy, Rob Lynch has big plans for turning things around. The company’s founder, John Schnatter, became the subject of much criticism in recent years for his use of a racial slur during a company conference call. Schnatter used to be featured in ads for the pizza brand, but O’Neal is now taking his place in future ads.
Ever since that first controversial racial slur, Schnatter has continued to make statements that paint Papa Johns in a controversial light. Schnatter can be thanked for a lot of things, including growing the pizza brand from a broom closet in a tavern to a booming chain with nearly 3,000 restaurants across 20 international markets and 49 states. But he did make things difficult for the brand in the last few years.
Schnatter has since departed and Robert Lynch has stepped in to help paint Papa Johns in a more positive light. Lynch brings a lot of experience to the team and is confident in his ability to help boost the pizza company’s popularity once again—with help from Shaq.
What Is Shaq Bringing To the Team?
The Shaq Papa Johns arrangement is a match made in heaven. Shaq is a fun and motivated spokesperson for the company. He says he is thrilled to be involved with the new and improved Papa Johns, especially since he’s enjoyed the company’s pizza since he first started playing basketball at Louisiana State University.
Papa Johns customers are excited about the new Shaq-A-Roni pizza, which is smothered in extra cheese and pepperoni. The pizza is also an extra-large size, which is perfect for parties, special events or family dinners.
Shaq wants pizza lovers everywhere to know how proud he is to be part of the Papa Johns family and a respected member of the Board of Directors. Shaq, who is an outspoken ambassador for the brand, also owns nine of the pizza franchises in Atlanta. He says there are a few things that make Papa Johns special—the people, the pizza ingredients, and the brand’s strong vision.
Many people are excited to see what Lynch and O’Neal will do with the Papa Johns brand name going forward. Make sure you stay up-to-date on the action by giving the Shaq-A-Roni pizza a try at your next special event.