Guess how many pizzas are sold in the US each year? Do you have an idea? Well, according to the latest statistics, over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the US each year. That’s a huge number, right? The US pizza industry is undoubtedly the biggest in the world. But have you ever asked yourself who helped transform this industry to what it is today?
Well, the truth is that there are thousands of people who helped revolutionize the pizza industry. However, you cannot mention these people without mentioning Steve Ritchie. Who is Steve Ritchie? Steve Ritchie, 43, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the world’s third-largest, fastest growing pizza delivery company, Papa John’s International, Inc (@PapaJohns).
Steve’s Career History
Steve Ritchie joined the pizza delivery company in 1996 and served as one of the company’s Customer Service Representative, earning just $6 per hour. But Steve did not let the small pay hinder him from working hard and doing everything with perfection in mind. And thanks to his dedication and hard work, the company management promoted him from being an hourly Customer Service Representative to a pizza delivery driver. Soon after, he was appointed as Director of Operations.
Ten years later, Steve became a franchise owner and operator. This was no mean achievement. In 2010, Papa John’s board named him Vice President of Operations & Global OST. As VP of Operations & Global OST, he was in charge of the team that was responsible for all aspects of the strategic initiatives and global operating support functions. He held this position for one year. In 2011, the management appointed him as the Senior VP of North & Latin American Operations, Global OST, a position he held until 2013. In the summer of 2013, the visionary was promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Operations & Global Operations Support Training. He was appointed the CEO and President of the company in 2015.
Besides the prestigious position, Steve Ritchie is also a father and husband. He currently resides in Hike Point. The exceptional leader has a passion for leadership development, education, and youth entrepreneurship. Read this to know more about Ritchie’s open letter to its customers.