Papa John’s: appoints international law firm

Louisville / KY. (pj) Papa John’s International Inc. announced that a special committee consisting of all independent directors of the board has appointed the international law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer + Feld LLP to oversee an audit and investigation of the company. As previously announced, the audit and investigation will examine all of the existing processes, policies and systems related to diversity and inclusion, supplier and vendor engagement and Papa John’s culture.

The Akin Gump team, which will be led by partners Douglass Maynard and Estela Diaz, will retain and manage additional experts and consultants in this process.

«We’re focused on creating the right future for Papa John’s», said Olivia Kirtley, lead independent director of the board and a member of the special committee. «The special committee of the board is committed to this thorough audit and investigation and to taking deliberate actions to rebuild trust at Papa John’s and to ensure that this company is driven by the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and respect».

The members of the special committee are all outside directors who serve on Papa John’s board, and no current or former employees of Papa John’s, including those who are on the board, will serve on the special committee.

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