Papa John’s founder and executive chairman John Schnatter resigned Wednesday following a public apology for using a racial slur on a conference call in May.
The pizza stock surged more than 5% in early trading Thursday, erasing some of its heavy losses from Wednesday.
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Shares of Papa John’s were up more than 5% in early trading Wednesday following the resignation of founder and executive chairman John Schnatter, who on Wednesday apologized for using a racial slur on a May conference call with company executives and an outside marketing agency.
“News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” Schnatter said in a statement to Business Insider, alluding to Forbes’ first reporting of the incident. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.”
The Louisville, Kentucky-based pizza chain said in a press release that it would announce a new chairman in the coming weeks.
“Our company was built on a foundation of mutual respect and acceptance,” the company’s apology said. “We take great pride in the diversity of the Papa John’s family, though diversity and inclusion is an area where we will continue to strive to do better.”
Papa John’s once generated annual revenue of more than $1.7 billion, but took a hit following the NFL controversy. Its stock plummeted 11% soon after an earnings call that addressed the scandal, according to Forbes. Schnatter resigned as CEO in January but remained on the board.
Papa Johns were down almost 14% this year through Wednesday.
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Source:: Business Insider