Papa Murphy’s promotes Nik Rupp to chief operating officer

Restaurant industry executive has spent two decades in senior financial positions

MTY Group promoted Nik Rupp to chief operating officer (COO) at Papa Murphy’s, a MTY franchise division acquired in 2019. The consummate restaurant executive has more than two decades in senior financial management positions. In addition, Rupp becomes MTY’s fifth chief operating officer, joining Marie-Line Beauchamp, Jason Brading, Marc Benzacar, and Jeff Smit.

Rupp previously served as chief financial officer after joining Papa Murphy’s in 2018. He later served as EVP, finance following the pizza chain’s acquisition. He oversaw strategy development, financial planning, accounting, supply chain, procurement, tax and treasury for Papa Murphy’s. In the past two years, he worked on accounting and tax for MTY Franchising USA, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Papa Murphy’s, Rupp served as the chief financial officer for Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. through February 2018. There, he was also Global Controller through March 2016.

Before he worked at Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., Rupp worked at Nike, Inc. There, he served as global controller of Nike Golf, and at Converse, Inc. in the Netherlands. Rupp holds a BA in Accountancy from Glasgow Caledonian University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Eric Lefebvre, chief executive officer of MTY, said, “Since the acquisition of Papa Murphy’s, the division was run by a committee of five incredible members, one of which was Mr. Rupp. The time has now come to name a leader for the group. Mr. Rupp brings a lot of experience and credibility with our franchise partners and our team, and as such he emerged as the natural leader for that division. He will work with the rest of Papa Murphy’s leadership team to accelerate the development and implementation of new initiatives that will support our goals for the long-term.”

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