Steve Ritchie is the current CEO of the retail pizza chain called Papa John’s. He has been with the company for a total of 22 years. The CEO before him said things about players for the NFL who decide to kneel during the national anthem. They were considered offensive by some people. Steve Ritchie is out to set the record straight. He said that language that could be considered insensitive by some people will in no way be promoted or tolerated at any level in the Papa John’s company.
He reminded people that Papa John’s is not just one person. In all there are an estimated 120,000 Papa John’s team members around the world. They are from all different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds. They come from many different countries of origin. They can’t all be painted with one brush. They all work together to bring their customers excellent service and pizza. Many team members contribute in some way to the community.
As per Bloomberg, Steve Ritchie is working on communicating with outside sources to review Papa John’s inclusion and diversity practices. Strengths and weaknesses as far as diversity goes will be looked at and improved upon. Clear goals will be set so that inclusion in the company can improve. Top management people will visit many Papa John’s locations and listen to the team members who work there to get their opinion on the diversity situation where they work. If a problem is found it will be looked into and fixed. All along the way Steve Ritchie promises that the process will be transparent to all. He states that he will be leading all of this himself. He wants to give Papa John’s another chance. View Ritchie’s career history.
Papa John’s is very thankful for their clientele over the years and they are sorry if the statement made by the former CEO offended anyone. They would be very grateful to keep serving the public the pizza that they make so well. It is too bad that we all live in a world where large amounts of people are judged by the the actions of just a few. Get the latest update on Facebook.