Washington, D.C. 20549


Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
Of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):   September 5, 2018

Papa John's International, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)





(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer Identification No.)

2002 Papa John's Boulevard
Louisville, Kentucky 40299-2367
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(502) 261-7272
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On September 5, 2018, Timothy C. O’Hern, President, International and Chief Development Officer of Papa John’s International, Inc. (the “Company”), informed the Company that he intends to retire from the Company effective immediately. Mr. O'Hern's service with the Company began in 1995 and spanned more than two decades. Mr. O’Hern remains a Papa John’s franchisee, owning and operating nine franchised stores in the U.S.

Existing Papa John’s team members will fulfill the duties previously overseen by Mr. O’Hern. Joe Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will also oversee the development and global sales functions, continuing to report to President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ritchie. Mr. Smith has significant experience and expertise in this capacity having previously served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Development from 2016 to April 2018 and as Vice President, Global Sales and Development from 2010 to 2016. Jack Swaysland, who has served as the Chief Operating Officer, International since May 2018, will assume full responsibility of the international business, reporting to Mr. Ritchie.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Date:   September 5, 2018

/s/ Steve Ritchie

Steve Ritchie

President and Chief Executive Officer