Director of Property and Franchising appointed to lead UK expansion

Papa John's has announced Alan Mason its Director of Property and Franchising. Alan's role was created to help Papa John's attract new franchise partners and succeed in its ambitious UK and Ireland expansion plan to increase its current 99 UK trading stores to more than 300 by 2016.

Managing Director of Papa John's, Ian Saunders said: 'I am delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Mason as Director of Property and Franchising for Papa John's in the UK and Ireland.

'Alan will be responsible for the combined areas of acquisition, store development and estate management as well as the attraction and recruitment of new franchise partners for our business. So his 10 years' experience in senior property and development roles in a number of hospitality businesses including Rileys, Pizza Hut, Luminar Leisure, Scottish & Newcastle and Allied Domecq will prove invaluable.'

The company's expansion plans were reinforced at its recent annual conference in Windsor, which Papa John's founder, John Schnatter flew over from Louisville to attend. Ian adds: 'There has been a real buzz around Papa John's in the UK over the last few months and I think people sat up and took notice when John Schnatter came to this country and gave such a bright prediction for the future.'