Papa John’s slams its founder in open letter

The board is fighting back after John Schnatter accused the current CEO of misconduct. Can the pizza company convince consumers it no longer follows the former face of the company?

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Papa John’s is looking for distance from founder John Schnatter—and is doing so in a highly public way.

The controversial principal stakeholder and former CEO made headlines when he blamed poor sales on NFL protests against police-violence during thenational anthem—and when it was leaked he had used the n-word.

He was forced to resign, and now the company he built into a national chain is trying to move on. However, Schnatter has been fighting his ouster.

As PR Daily previously reported:

Papa John’s also has to contend with Schnatter, who recently published a website and accompanying ads taking on the company’s leaders. He also lashed out at the chain’s recent apology.

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