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Jeffrey C. Smith
Board of Directors - Chairman

Jeff Smith was appointed to the Board in February 2019 and currently serves as Chairman. He is a Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard Value LP. Starboard is a New York City based investment advisor with a focused, fundamental, and active approach to investing in U.S. publicly traded companies. Over the last decade, Starboard has been among the most active change agent investors, having added or replaced over 200 board members on over 50 different public companies. Mr. Smith has served on many of these boards, including serving as chairman of the board of several companies including Darden Restaurants where Starboard successfully advocated for the replacement of Darden's entire board of directors in 2014. Jeff was named to the Nation’s Restaurant News Power List: The 50 Most Powerful People in Food Service in 2015 and Jeff was #62 on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List in 2016. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Advance Auto Parts and is a member of the board of Perrigo. Mr. Smith graduated from The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics.

Independent Director
Chairman of the Board
    Christopher L. Coleman
    Board of Directors

    Christopher Coleman was appointed to the Board in October, 2012. Mr. Coleman is based in the UK where he is Group Head of Banking at Rothschild & Co. He is a Global Partner of Rothschild & Co, Chairman of Rothschild & Co Bank International and also serves on a number of other boards and committees of the Rothschild & Co Group, which he joined in 1989. He currently serves as a non-executive director of Barrick Gold Corporation. He was previously non-executive chairman of Randgold Resources (until the Barrick Gold-Randgold merger on January 1, 2019) where he served on the board since 2008.

    Independent Director
    Michael R. Dubin
    Board of Directors

    Michael Dubin was appointed to the Board in March 2019.  He currently serves as CEO of Dollar Shave Club, a role held since 2011. Dollar Shave Club was acquired by Unilever in 2016. Prior to founding Dollar Shave Club, Mr. Dubin built a career spanning marketing, advertising, media and digital commerce, holding positions at NBC, MSNBC, Time Inc. and two advertising agencies. Mr. Dubin also currently serves on the Board of Stance Socks, a privately held company, as well as two non-profit organizations. In 2016, Mr. Dubin received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Los Angeles award and, in 2015, he was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list. He graduated from Emory University.

    Independent Director
    Olivia F. Kirtley
    Board of Directors

    Olivia Kirtley was appointed to the Board in May 2003. She served as Chairman from July 2018 to February 2019, previously serving as Lead Independent Director from April 2016 until July 2018. Ms. Kirtley, a certified public accountant, is a business consultant on strategic and corporate governance issues. She is a former chief financial officer and former senior manager at a predecessor to the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. From 2014 to 2016, she served as President and Board Chairman of the International Federation of Accountants. She has also served as Chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Chairman of the AICPA Board of Examiners. Ms. Kirtley serves as a director of U.S. Bancorp and ResCare, Inc., and served on the board of Randgold Resources until its merger with Barrick Gold on January 1, 2019.

    Independent Director
    Laurette T. Koellner
    Board of Directors

    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, which merged with The Boeing Company in 1997.  Ms. Koellner serves as a director of Celestica, Inc., The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and Nucor Corporation.  

    Independent Director
    Jocelyn C. Mangan
    Board of Directors

    Jocelyn Mangan was appointed to the Board in March 2019.  She is the CEO and Founder of Him For Her, a social enterprise whose aim is to change for-profit boards of directors to include the world’s most talented women. Previously, she held various executive positions at Snagajob, including serving as Chief Operating Officer and prior to that, as Chief Product and Marketing Officer. Earlier, Ms. Mangan was Senior Vice President Product at OpenTable. Ms. Mangan currently serves on the Board of Directors of ChowNow, an online food ordering system and marketing platform. Ms. Mangan was honored as a member of the 2016 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. She was named to Fast Company’s 2015 list of “100 Most Creative People in Business” and to Business Insider’s 2014 list of the “32 Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising." She graduated from Vanderbilt University.

    Independent Director
    Sonya E. Medina
    Board of Directors

    Sonya Medina was appointed to the Board in September, 2015.  Ms. Medina is a government and public affairs strategist.  She has served as a consultant to the City of San Antonio since March 2015, and as a consultant to Silver Eagle Distributors, the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products, since July 2013.  She served as Vice President, Community and External Affairs for Silver Eagle Distributors from 2009 to 2013.  Ms. Medina served as a White House Commission Officer from 2001 to 2006 and again in 2008, and as Director of the AT&T Global Foundation from 2006 to 2008.  She is active in community and civic affairs and currently serves on the Next Gen Board Leaders Advisory Council, a joint initiative launched by NASDAQ, Spencer Stuart and Boardroom Resources.

    Independent Director
    Shaquille R. O’Neal
    Board of Directors

    Mr. O’Neal was appointed to the Board in March 2019.  His business career includes success in broadcasting, endorsements, music, television and gaming.  He has served as an analyst on Inside the NBA since 2011.  He has been an investor in franchised and other restaurants since 2010 and actively operates Big Chicken, a fast casual fried chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, and Shaquille’s, a fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles.  Mr. O’Neal is considered to be one of the most dominant basketball players in NBA history, drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft.  His NBA career spanned from 1992 until 2011.  He serves on the national Board of Directors of Communities In Schools, a non-profit devoted to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life.

    Anthony M. Sanfilippo
    Board of Directors

    Anthony Sanfilippo was appointed to the Board in February 2019. He is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., an owner, developer and manager of casinos, resort hotels and horse racing facilities. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Mr. Sanfilippo served as president, chief executive officer and a board member of Multimedia Games Inc. Prior to joining Multimedia Games, he served in leadership roles at Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. including serving as president and chief operating officer for Harrah's New Orleans and a board member of Jazz Casino Corp.

    Independent Director
    Mark S. Shapiro
    Board of Directors

    Mark Shapiro was appointed to the Board in February 2011. He is president of leading entertainment, sports and fashion company Endeavor, where he previously served as co-president of the company’s IMG and WME subsidiaries from November 2016 to December 2018 and as Chief Content Officer from September 2014 to November 2016. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Dick Clark Productions from May 2010 to October 2012, and as an executive producer at Dick Clark Productions from October 2012 until 2014. 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 Captivate Network, a privately held company. 

    Independent Director
      Steve M. Ritchie
      President and Chief Executive Officer

      Steve Ritchie was appointed to the Board in February 2019. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2017, served as President and Chief Operating Officer from July 2015 to December 2017, served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2014 to July 2015 and served as a Senior Vice President since 2010 (promoted in December 2010 to SVP, Corporate OPS and Global OST). Mr. Ritchie has served in various capacities of increasing responsibility over Global Operations & Global Operations Support and Training since July 2010. Since 2006, he also has served as a franchise owner and operator of multiple units in the Company's Midwest Division.

        John H. Schnatter
        Founder

        John Schnatter founded Papa John’s in 1984 and opened the first Company restaurant in 1985. He served as Chairman of the Board from the Company’s inception until July 2018. He served as Chief Executive Officer from April 2011 to December 2017; 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; Chief Executive Officer from1990 until 2005, and as President from 1985 to 1990, 2001 until 2005, and 2014 to 2015.