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Papa John is gone, but his image is still entwined with pizza chain

Papa John is gone, but his image is still entwined with pizza chain

Papa John's founder John Schnatter is no longer board chairman after using a racial slur, but his image is still part of the pizza chain's logo and he remains the company's largest shareholder.

The situation illustrates the difficulty for companies closely tied to a single person, and that Papa John's may need to distance itself further from Schnatter after dealing with backlashes brought about by his comments.

The chain said Schnatter was leaving as chairman but would remain on the board, following his apology for using a racial slur during a conference call in May. He had stepped down as CEO last year after blaming disappointing pizza delivery sales on the outcry surrounding...

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