Papa John’s International is based in Louisville. | File photo

Five weeks after Papa John’s International announced that its founder would step down as chief executive, the company is losing another C-suite executive.

Lance Tucker, the CFO and chief administrative officer, will leave the global pizza chain effective March 2 to take the chief financial role at Jack in the Box, a California-based fast-food chain, a news release announced.

Tucker has served as chief financial officer at Papa John’s since 2011. The search for his successor will begin immediately, the company stated.

“Lance has been a critical member of our executive leadership team. He has also been instrumental in developing an already strong and deep finance department. I appreciate all his contributions during his many years with the Company and wish him the best in his new role,” Steve Ritchie, the company’s president and CEO, said in the release.

Ritchie took over as CEO on Jan. 1 after Schnatter stepped down. As Papa John’s founder, Schnatter continues to serve as chairman of the board and is expected to continue to appear in advertising — as he is the face of the brand — despite his controversial comments about the NFL.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]