Papa Johns EVP and COO Max Wetzel will resign from his position effective March 17 to become CEO at another unnamed company, the pizza chain said Friday in an SEC filing. Papa Johns has not named a successor.
Wetzel has worked at Papa Johns for over three years, and has held his current position for about 10 months. He succeeded Jim Norberg, who left the COO post in 2021 but remained at the company until March 2022 to help with the transition. After being promoted to COO, Wetzel continued his duties of overseeing the company’s marketing, operations and technology functions, according to a May SEC filing.
His previous positions at Papa Johns include EVP and chief commercial officer, as well as a stint as chief commercial and marketing officer, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to joining Papa Johns, Wetzel worked at PPG Industries for over five years and The Kraft Heinz Company for over nine years.
Clarification: In his previous role as EVP and chief commercial officer, Max Wetzel also oversaw restaurant operations.