New UK Director of Business Development for leading pizza Franchise Papa John's
Leading international pizza franchise network, Papa John’s has announced the appointment of Justin Gilbert who will take up the role of director of business development in the UK for the pizza franchise giant. Justin Gilbert has almost 20 years’ experience in the pizza industry, having worked for both Domino’s pizza franchise group and the Pizza Hut franchise group. He will now be responsible for Papa John’s retail portfolio including store construction, acquisition plus franchise recruitment throughout the UK, overseeing a team based at the company’s UK Quality Control Centre (QCC) and franchise head office in Milton Keynes.
Liz Williams, UK managing director, Papa John’s confirms:
“I am delighted that Justin is joining our Leadership Team in Milton Keynes. His wealth of experience will add tremendous value as we continue to grow the business in the coming years.”
Justin Gilbert, director of UK Business Development explains:
“I am excited about the direction of Papa John’s in the UK. My team will be concentrating on further improving ROI for stores and taking advantage of untapped market opportunities to meet the needs of customers nationwide as we continue to develop the brand.
“Papa John’s has demonstrated excellent new store growth over the past year. We see this continuing as we work with new and existing franchisees who have the overall capability and desire to operate with a significant footprint in the UK. We are also open to partnerships which can support new growth channels, as we aim to help franchisees expand their portfolios and reach the goals they want from their investment.”
Justin Gilbert started his ten-year career with the Domino’s pizza franchise network in the US where he held positions in both marketing and operations. In addition to his experience in the States, Justin has also held roles within its international business supporting Master Franchisees across the whole of Europe. During his time with Domino’s International franchise group, he was responsible for a portfolio of 1000+ franchised stores and 15+ markets. In 2014, he moved to the UK to serve as head of operations for Domino’s Pizza franchise Group, the master franchisee for the UK and Ireland. In 2016, he joined Yum! Brands as a member of its leadership team in the role of director of operations for rival pizza franchise network, Pizza Hut Delivery, it was here where he was responsible for the operations, standards, and training of 420 Pizza Hut Delivery and Express units, both equity and franchised.
As one of the largest pizza franchised companies in the world, Papa John’s has exciting franchise opportunities for multi-unit franchisees throughout the UK. franchise support is provided with franchise territory location selection and full turn-key opening of stores. As a franchise, the Company supplies all the assistance and franchise support required to ensure your successful launch of your Papa John’s franchise.