Offbeat Image issue: Papa John's still tied to founder under fire

00:30  13 july  2018
00:30  13 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Papa John's founder isn't going quietly, lawyer says

  Papa John's founder isn't going quietly, lawyer says Papa John's Founder John Schnatter doubled down on claims he made during a television interview Friday in a letter he sent to the company's board of directors Saturday. Schnatter said he regretted stepping down as chairman last week and now questions how the board handled the investigation into comments he made during a May conference call.“The board asked me to step down as chairman without apparently doing any investigation," Schnatter said in the letter obtained by CNBC. "I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so.

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter attends a meeting in Louisville, Ky. Schnatter is apologizing after reportedly using a racial slur during a conference call in May 2018. The apology Wednesday, July 11, 2018, comes after Forbes cited an anonymous source saying the pizza chain's marketing firm broke ties with the company afterward. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter attends a meeting in Louisville, Ky. Schnatter is apologizing after reportedly using a racial slur during a conference call in May 2018. The apology Wednesday, July 11, 2018, comes after Forbes cited an anonymous source saying the pizza chain's marketing firm broke ties with the company afterward. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) NEW YORK — Papa John's founder John Schnatter is no longer board chairman after using a racial slur, but his image is still part of the pizza chain's logo and he remains the company's largest shareholder.

Papa John's Further Shuns Founder, Evicting Him From Offices

  Papa John's Further Shuns Founder, Evicting Him From Offices Papa John’s International Inc.’s board put further distance between the pizza chain and its outspoken founder John Schnatter for using a racial slur, agreeing to review all ties to him, evict him from the headquarters, and remove him from all marketing materials. A committee of independent directors ordered the termination of a so-called founder’s agreement that designated Schnatter as the brand’s face and voice and is requesting he cease media appearances on behalf of the firm, the company said in a statement after a Sunday night board meeting.

Enlarge this image . Papa John ' s founder , chairman and CEO John Schnatter talks on Super Bowl 51 Radio Row, in February, in Houston. The 56-year-old founder of the chain came under fire after remarks he made during the company's third-quarter earnings call.

Shares of Papa John ' s tumbled on Wednesday to .80, the lowest price since February 2016, after after outspoken chairman and founder John Schnatter came under fire following a report from Forbes that he used the N-word “You may have read the media reports today tied to our company culture.

The situation illustrates the difficulty when companies are closely tied to a single person, and that Papa John's may need to publicly distance itself further from Schnatter after dealing with backlashes brought about by his comments.

However it manages its public image, Schnatter is still enmeshed in the company. He owns nearly 30 percent of the shares, and remains on the board even after ceding his role as chairman.

Papa John's announced the change in board leadership following Schnatter's apology for using a racial slur during a conference call in May. He had stepped down as CEO last year after blaming disappointing pizza delivery sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem.

How many NFL teams will end their relationship with Papa John's?

  How many NFL teams will end their relationship with Papa John's? <p>Plenty of baseball teams have suspended their relationships with Papa John’s in recent days, moves that create real complications and revenue consequences when they happens during baseball season. How many NFL teams will end their relationships with Papa John’s in the aftermath of the full body of founder and former chairman/CEO John Schnatter’s behavior and comments over the past several months?</p>The Falcons indefinitely suspended the relationship pending further evaluation, a process that in theory could result in all three Papa John’s locations at Mercedes-Benz Stadium being open for business when the Falcons begin playing games there next month, if the evaluation results in a finding that, with Schnatte

Michael Hickey, Getty Images . Papa John ’ s founder and CEO John Schnatter attends the Indy 500 on May 23, 2015 in Indianapolis. The company hasn’t decided if Schnatter will still be its spokesman, Ritchie said, adding that a decision will be made early next year.

John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John ’ s (Getty Images ). NEW YORK – John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John ’ s , has stepped down as chief executive officer of the pizza restaurant chain, according to the company.

Schnatter has long been the face of the brand, appearing on pizza boxes and in TV ads for the chain. 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 this is a chance for the company to retool its marketing strategy so it's not so tied to one person.

"They have to see this as an opportunity, not a challenge," Harvey said.

Companies can leverage great personal stories to connect with customers, said Keith Hollingsworth, a professor at Morehouse College's business department. But he echoed the risks that come with marketing strategies that are overly dependent on a single individual.

"Anytime you're dealing with humans, you have no fallback," he said.

Hollingsworth pointed to Subway's Jared Fogle as another example of a spokesman becoming a liability. The sandwich chain in 2015 quickly severed ties with Fogle, who was later sentenced for possessing child pornography and traveling to pay for sex with minors.

Oregon State athletics suspend partnership with Papa John's

  Oregon State athletics suspend partnership with Papa John's The hits keep on coming for Papa John’s Pizza. Oregon State Athletics announced on Monday that they have suspended their relationship with sponsor Papa John’s.&nbsp;Oregon State Athletics announced on Monday that they have suspended their relationship with sponsor Papa John’s. Their decision is due to what they called “derogatory and insensitive comments” made by the pizza chain’s founder, John Schnatter.

The founder of Papa John ' s , John Schnatter, on Thursday announced plans to step down as CEO. Michael Hickey/Getty Images . Schnatter has a history of making political statements that spark controversy. He came under fire in 2012 for saying the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better

John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John ’ s Pizza (PZZA), is stepping down as CEO of the Louisville-based chain, the company said on Thursday. Schnatter, 56

Still, Hollingsworth said he doesn't think the latest Schnatter incident will hurt Papa John's over the long run because people often have short memories.

As of Thursday afternoon, Schnatter's image remained all over Papa John's website. Papa John's did not immediately respond to whether the company would keep using it.

The two incidents with Schnatter seem to be linked, as Forbes reported that Schnatter used the N-word during a media training exercise. When asked how he would distance himself from racist groups, Schnatter reportedly complained that Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using the word.

In a statement released by Louisville, Kentucky-based Papa John's, Schnatter said Wednesday that the reports attributing use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language to him were true.

"Regardless of the context, I apologize," the statement says.

The incident prompted Papa John's marketing firm to break ties with the company, Forbes said. The University of Louisville also said Wednesday that Schnatter resigned from its board of trustees, effective immediately. The university's president said the school will evaluate the naming arrangement for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, but noted that the matter involved contractual agreements, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

How do you rebrand Papa John's when the problem is Papa John?

  How do you rebrand Papa John's when the problem is Papa John? John Schnatter is Papa John. He's tied to Papa John's advertising as cheese is to pizza, but he resigned as chairman for using a racial slur. How can the Papa John's move forward when the guy causing the company's problems is in the commercials and on all the signs, pizza boxes and even the logo?Schnatter remains on the board and he's still the company's largest shareholder, but Papa John's must now pivot to a marketing campaign not attached to his identity.

LOUISVILLE, KY—In light of disturbing footage obtained by undercover activists, pizza franchise Papa John ’ s came under fire Friday for the company’s cruel treatment of the bulbous, deformed creatures that lactate its pizza sauce.

Papa John ' s Founder Steps Down After Controversy Over NFL Comments. Schnatter, 56, who founded the company in 1984, came under fire in November after he criticized the National Football League’s leadership over national anthem protests by players.

In Indiana, the city of Jeffersonville where Schnatter began his pizza business also removed his name from a historic gym, according to The News and Tribune.

Schnatter's decision to step down as chairman of Papa John's board comes after Netflix last month fired its top spokesman over use of the N-word. Netflix said Jonathan Friedland used the word in a meeting of public relations staff about sensitive words. Several people told Friedland how inappropriate and hurtful his use of the word was.

Friedland, who is white, later repeated the word with human resources staff trying to address the original incident, Netflix said.

Starbucks also recently fired a store employee for insensitivity, and earlier this year closed thousands of U.S. stores for an afternoon to give employees anti-racial bias training after an uproar over two black men being arrested while waiting for a meeting.

Papa John's began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally. For the first three months of this year, the chain said a key sales figure fell 5.3 percent in North America. The company's shares, which had fallen nearly 5 percent Wednesday, rebounded 11 percent Thursday after the company announced Schnatter's resignation as chairman.

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This story has been corrected to show Schnatter resigned as chairman but remains on the board.

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Papa John's to pull founder from marketing .
Papa John's plans to pull founder John Schnatter's image from marketing materials following reports he used a racial slur. A person inside the company with knowledge of the decision said the decision to remove Schnatter as the marketing face of Papa John's was made by top executives and the details and exact timing are still being worked out. The person, who was notified of the decision but wasn't authorized to speak publicly, was not aware of any plans to change the pizza chain's name.The decision was made by top executives but details of the change are still being worked out, according to a person inside the company with knowledge of the decision who wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

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