Papa John’s has named Rob Lynch as their new president and CEO. Lynch joins Papa John’s from Arby’s, where he has been president since 2017. The last few years have been turbulent for Papa John’s, and Jeff Smith, chairman of the Papa John’s board of directors, said, “I am thrilled to welcome Rob to Papa John’s at this pivotal moment in the company’s history.”

Lynch will be replacing Steve Ritchie, who has held the same job since 2015. Although Lynch joins with a wealth of knowledge, he will have his work cut out for him. The brand has been undergoing serious transformation following the public downfall of previous CEO last year, John Schnatter, who has since stepped down as CEO and from the board. Lynch said, “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to work with this outstanding team to help make Papa John’s the best pizza company in the world.”

“Papa John’s has the most loved pizza in the industry, incredibly dedicated team members and franchisees that have proven their resilience and commitment, and a long history of innovation that puts the company at the front of where the foodservice industry is going. I look forward to building on these strengths, working with Papa John’s team members, franchisees and business partners. I absolutely believe that Papa John’s best days are ahead.”

Rob Lynch