Papa John’s announced Friday that NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will be joining Papa John’s as a member of the company’s board of directors and as an investor in nine Papa John’s restaurants in the Atlanta, Georgia area. He’s also stepping in as a brand ambassador for the company as part of a marketing agreement.
O’Neal isn’t new to the food business, he currently owns a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts franchise in Atlanta and he’s the founder and owner of Big Chicken, a fast casual fried chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Shaquille’s, a fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles, California. He previously owned 27 Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchises.
As a partner, endorser and spokesperson, Papa John’s said O’Neal “has significant experience helping to market and grow leading consumer brands across multiple categories.”
“I have truly enjoyed the high-quality Papa John’s product for years and am excited to be able to help Papa John’s raise their game to new heights,” said O’Neal.
“This is a triple threat opportunity for me. I am excited to join the Board and to help lead from the top, while also investing in nine stores in my home town of Atlanta and being an ambassador for the brand,” added O’Neal.
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