Papa John’s names Ann Gugino chief financial officer as chain plans move to Atlanta

Former Target exec makes move to resurgent pizza chain

Papa John’s named Ann Gugino chief financial officer. She assumes the critical role for the pizza chain from Steve Coke, interim CFO. He will remain in his permanent post as VP, Investor Relations & Strategy. Gugino arrives as the chain seeks new corporate offices in Greater Atlanta—a search that should be completed by year’s end.

Gugino comes to Papa John’s from Target Corporation, where she held the role of sVP, Financial Planning and Analysis. Prior to Target, she worked at Patterson Companies for 18 years, including an appointment as EVP and chief financial officer. Her efforts in that role carried the company through a major acquisition and divestiture. Plus, she took point on a major cost reduction and profitability improvement project.


“Ann’s appointment rounds out one of the most capable and diverse leadership teams in our industry,” said Rob Lynch, president and CEO. “The breadth and depth of our team’s strengths, backgrounds and perspectives are crucial advantages for Papa John’s and essential to our long-term innovation and growth plans.”

[Related article: Papa John’s plans move to Atlanta]

The Louisville, Ky.-based restaurant chain previously announced it would relocate many of its major functions to the Atlanta market, effectively making it Papa John’s new home. The functions of menu innovation, marketing, customer experience, HR, diversity, equity and inclusion, communications, and development will move to the new offices.

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