HUMAN RESOURCES | Staff Reporter, UK

Olivia Kirtley replaces John Schnatter as board chair of Papa John's

A spokesman for Schnatter has also confirmed that he voted for Kirtley to become chairwoman.

Papa John’s International has announced that its board unanimously named Olivia Kirtley its chairwoman, a move that embattled founder John Schnatter even supported despite pursuing a lawsuit against the company he founded.

Kirtley, the board's lead independent director, has effectively been in the board's top role since Schnatter gave up the chair's position on July 11, the same day he admitted using a racial slur during a media training session in May.

A spokesman for Schnatter has confirmed that he voted for Kirtley to become chairwoman. The company also said in a statement that the board will be looking to add new members from outside the company.

“The independent directors of the Papa John's Board are committed to serving the best interests of the company, our shareholders and other stakeholders,” Kirtley said in a statement Friday.

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