A Message from Papa Johns CEO Steve Ritchie

Papa John’s is not an individual. Papa John’s is a pizza company with
120,000 corporate and franchise team members around the world. Our
employees represent all walks of life, and we are committed to fostering
an inclusive and equitable workplace for all. Racism and any insensitive
language, no matter what the context simply cannot – and will not – be
tolerated at any level of our company.

The Board of Directors of Papa John’s accepted Mr. Schnatter’s
resignation as Chairman of the Board earlier this week. It has also been
decided he will no longer be in any of the advertising or marketing
materials associated with the brand.

This decision is the first of several key steps to rebuild trust from
the inside-out. We will be engaging a broad set of stakeholders to chart
a course forward that demonstrates our commitment to diversity, equity
and inclusion.

First, we will identify and retain an independent and outside expert to
audit all of our existing processes, policies and systems related to
diversity and inclusion, supplier engagement and Papa John’s culture. As
part of that process, we will establish a process for communicating
progress against transparent goals to everyone in our Papa John’s family.

The entire senior management team will also be visiting key locations
across the country and hold listening sessions with employees in our
stores to talk about what they are seeing and give them a platform to
voice their concerns. To follow-up, we will initiate two-way
conversations to invite ongoing feedback from employees and franchisees
to ensure that their voices are heard.

I will personally be leading this effort because there is nothing more
important for Papa John’s right now. We want to regain trust, though I
know we need to earn it. We will demonstrate that a diverse and
inclusive culture exists at Papa John’s through our deeds and actions.

About Papa John’s

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company. For
more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa
John’s at www.papajohns.com.
Looking to be a part of something Better? Join the Papa John’s Pizza
family at www.papajohns.com/franchise.

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