Papa Johns Names Jude Thompson President; Schnatter Remains as CEO

According to a news report from, “Jude Thompson’s 2004 Business First profile includes an almost eerie foreshadowing of his future with pizza giant Papa John’s International Inc.”

“Then a top executive with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky, Thompson confessed that his earliest ambition was way outside the health insurance industry,” said the story. “It was pizza, and he wanted to own restaurants. And the interview included words of praise from Papa John’s founder John Schnatter about Thompson’s vision. Five years later, Thompson is the new president of Papa John’s, taking over some of the duties that were held by former president and CEO Nigel Travis.”