Liz Williams named chief international operations officer
Papa Johns announced the retirement of Jack Swaysland, chief operating officer, international, and subsequent promotion of Amanda Clark to chief international and development officer. As such, Clark will oversee international strategy in addition to her global development tasks. Meanwhile, the pizza chain named Liz Williams chief international operations officer, assuming Swaysland’s role. The appointments are effective May 2.
New milestones under Clark’s tenture
Since joining Papa Johns in 2020, Clark has served as chief development officer. According to the QSR, development stands reinvigorated and 2021 saw one of its best years in net new restaurant openings just two years into Clark’s tenure.
As a result, Papa Johns has inked its largest domestic and international development deals in its history. A development agreement—its largest—with FountainVest Partners will produce 1,350 new units in South China by 2040.
Prior to Papa Johns, Clark spent eight years at Taco Bell, leading the restaurant experience in North America and before then, also serving as general manager of Canada.
Liz Williams background
“Amanda and her team have been a significant driver of the growth of Papa Johns over the past year,” said president and chief executive of Papa Johns. “There’s no doubt that our international business is becoming more and more important as we continue to take advantage of the vast whitespace available to us outside of North America. In addition, Amanda will enhance the integration between our North American and International businesses, which will be critical as we look to accelerate growth and create more efficiencies globally.”
Williams started working at Papa Johns in 2018 as managing director of Papa Johns United Kingdom, overseeing its largest market abroad. Later, her promotion to managing director of the UK and major markets meant she would go on to lead some of the company’s largest and best-performing countries. These included China, Chile and Korea. In totality, Williams has accrued more than 25 years’ experience in operational roles in the QSR, casual-dining and fine-dining segments.
Lynch added, “I also want to thank Jack [Swaysland] for his leadership during his 16 years with the company. Papa Johns would not be the global brand it is today without his many contributions.”
Swaysland will stay on through the end of 2022 to help and support the transition.
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