Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, who resigned as CEO last year after complaining about NFL protests, is now out as chairman after reportedly using a racial slur. Papa John’s has noted in regulatory filings that its business could be harmed if Schnatter’s reputation was damaged. Barron Harvey, dean of Howard University’s business school, said Papa John’s needs to distance itself from Schnatter’s image, and that this is a chance for the company to retool its marketing strategy so it’s not so tied to one person.
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August 20, 2018