Board of Directors
John Schnatter founded Papa John's in 1984 and opened the first Company restaurant in 1985. He currently serves as Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as Co-Chief Executive Officer from April 2010 to April 2011, Chief Executive Officer from April 2009 to April 2010, Interim Chief Executive Officer from December 2008 to April 2009, Executive Chairman of the Company from 2005 until May 2007, as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from 1990 until 2005, and as President from 1985 to 1990, 2001 until 2005, and 2014 to 2015.
Olivia Kirtley was appointed to the Board in May, 2003. Ms. Kirtley, a certified public accountant, is a business consultant on strategic and corporate governance issues. From 1991 to 2000, Ms. Kirtley held the positions of Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Vermont American Corporation, an international manufacturer and marketer of power tool accessories. She previously served as a senior manager at a predecessor to Ernst & Young LLP. She has served as Chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Chairman of the AICPA Board of Examiners, and is currently President of the Board of the International Federation of Accountants. Ms. Kirtley serves as a director of U.S. Bancorp and ResCare, Inc.
Christopher Coleman was appointed to the Board in October, 2012. Mr. Coleman is based in the UK where he is Head of Banking and Asset Finance at Rothschild. He is a Managing Director of Rothschild, Chairman of Rothschild Bank International and also serves on a number of other boards and committees of the Rothschild Group, which he joined in 1989. He is also non-executive Chairman of the Board of Randgold Resources Limited, where he has served on the board since 2008.
Laurette Koellner was appointed to the Board in June, 2014. Ms. Koellner most recently served as Executive Chairman of International Lease Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. ("AIG") from June 2012 until its May 2014 sale to AerCap Holdings N.V. Ms. Koellner served as President of Boeing International, a division of The Boeing Company, where she served in a variety of financial and business leadership roles from 1997 until 2008, including as a member of the Office of the Chairman and Boeing's Chief Administration and Human Resources Officer. Prior to her time with Boeing, Ms. Koellner spent 19 years at McDonnell Douglas Corp. Ms. Koellner serves as a director of Celestica, Inc., The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and Nucor Corporation. She served as an independent director of AIG from 2009 to 2012.
Sonya Medina was appointed to the Board in September, 2015. Ms. Medina, a government and public affairs strategist, most recently served as Vice President, Community and External Affairs for Silver Eagle Distributors, the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. She is active in community and civic affairs and currently serves on the board of directors of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Shapiro was appointed to the Board in February, 2011. He serves as Chief Content Officer of IMG and as an executive producer of Dick Clark Productions. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Dick Clark Productions from May 2010 to October 2012. Prior to that, he served as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Six Flags, Inc., a theme park company, from 2005 to 2010. Prior to joining Six Flags in 2005, Mr. Shapiro spent 12 years at ESPN, Inc. where he served as Executive Vice President, Programming and Production and in various other capacities for both ESPN and ABC Sports. Mr. Shapiro serves as a director of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., Frontier Communications Corporation, and as a trustee of Equity Residential. Mr. Shapiro is also Chairman of two privately held companies, Captivate Network and Red Zebra Broadcasting.
Kent Taylor was appointed to the Board in May, 2011. Mr. Taylor is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Roadhouse, Inc. a full-service, casual dining restaurant chain with locations across the U.S. and in several foreign countries. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Texas Roadhouse from 2000 until 2004, and again from August 2011 to the present, and he has served as its executive Chairman since 2004. Before founding the Texas Roadhouse concept in 1993, Mr. Taylor founded and co-owned Buckhead Bar and Grill in Louisville, Kentucky.