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Papa John’s appoints Amit Pancholi as new UK director of business development

Justin Gilbert was promoted to the chain’s UK senior operations director.

Papa John’s has named Amit Pancholi as its new UK director of business development, the company said in an announcement.

Justin Gilbert, meanwhile, has been promoted to the role of senior operations director of Papa John’s UK.
 
“His extensive experience of the sector makes him perfectly placed to drive our ambition for expansion, as we target more traditional high street locations and also build on partnerships with leisure venues looking to add a quality hot food brand while introducing a new revenue stream to an existing offering.  Amit’s negotiation skills combined with his wealth of knowledge in relation to store acquisition and development will be invaluable for franchisees as we continue to grow over the next few years,” Gilbert said.
 
Pancholi added: “I look forward to supporting new and existing multi-unit franchisees and ‘non-traditional’ venues as they each develop their own portfolio of stores, sharing in the common goal to bring the fun and enjoyment of the Papa John’s pizza experience to many more customers across the nation.”
 
Prior to joining Papa John’s, Pancholi was head of property for a large multi-brand franchise group – overseeing a portfolio which included Domino’s, Zaza and Tim Hortons stores. Before that, he managed Domino’s estate portfolio for the UK and Ireland for three years and worked in estate management for Holland & Barrett and Boots.

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