Steve Ritchie is an American businessman who used to hold the position of CEO of the Papa John’s pizza company. He ascended to that lofty position after more than 20 years of working at that company. He started at the bottom of the totem pole. He was just a regular hourly employee. However, his bosses saw that he had a drive and determination to succeed. This allowed him to get promotions over the other people he worked with. He was always being complimented by the people he worked with. He studied every aspect of the company and knew how it operated better than most of the people who were in positions of power.
Steve was given the position of CEO during a very difficult time for Papa John’s. The company was looking to get a fresh start after some bad publicity. Steve is the guy who was chosen to take over for the previous CEO. Steve had been serving as the president of the company. Prior to that, he was COO. There is no question that Steve’s body of work at Papa John’s is outstanding.
One of the things that Steve Ritchie is most noted for is guiding Papa John’s through the public relations nightmare that resulted from some poor decisions by upper management. There were very few people who could have handled the situation as well as Steve did. He hired a public relations firm to assist him with rebuilding credibility with the customers of the company. He was able to do this in a relatively short period of time.
Steve’s style of management was much different than many CEOs. Steve trusted his staff enough to delegate a lot of the responsibility to his subordinates. However, some CEOs always wanted to be part of the decision making process. This is not hard to understand seeing as how they are the CEO. However, Steve thought that way of running the company was not very good because it was not fast enough. The CEO can only do so many things at one time. Therefore, it is in his best interests that he delegate responsibility to various people who can handle the tasks that need to be accomplished.
Steve Ritchie never imagined that he would be running the company that he was employed at as a teenager. However, his story of success should serve as an inspiration that people can achieve many things if they work hard. He helped the company to achieve a very high amount of profitability during his tenure as CEO. The stock for the company soared to new heights. Customer confidence had not been as high in a very long time. Steve authorized the opening of new stores. Papa John’s began to take a larger share of the market. Many of their competitors could not compete with the many deals and specials that were devised by Steve Ritchie.
One of the biggest things that helped Papa John’s to succeed under the leadership of Steve Ritchie was their deal with the NFL. The company began to advertise on every NFL broadcast and sponsor the halftime shows. The logo of the company was visible in many different locations around the stadiums of NFL teams. They found that people loved to order pizzas that they could eat when they watched NFL games on Sunday afternoons. This is exactly what the company was hoping for. The amount of money that the company made as a result of their NFL partnership was unlike anything they had done before. Steve Ritchie definitely left his mark on the company. They would not be where they are without him.