Papa John’s has appointed Ann Gugino as chief financial officer, effective as of today, October 5. Gugino brings with her over 20 years of experience in financial management, planning and strategic expertise, including in the consumer and retail sector. 

In her new role on Papa John’s executive leadership team, Gugino will help the pizza restaurant franchise build and implement long-term plans for growth. Steve Coke, who has been the interim principal financial and accounting officer since the departure of former CFO Joe Smith, will remain in his role as vice president of investor relations and strategy. 

Prior to her appointment at Papa John’s, Gugino was senior vice president of financial planning and analysis at Target, a position she had held since May 2018. While at Target, she directed the retail giant’s planning, analysis and capital investment portfolios. Previously, she spent 18 years at Patterson Companies Inc., including four years as executive vice president and CFO. There, she led the medical supplies conglomerate through a major portfolio transformation with the $1.1 billion acquisition of Animal Health International, the largest in the company’s history, and through the divestiture of the Patterson Medical business. While in that role, she also spearheaded an enterprise-wide effort to improve net margins and create a more efficient cost structure.

“I’m both humbled and excited to join such a dynamic and dedicated team at this important moment for the company,” Gugino said in a statement. “Papa John’s transformation into a values-driven, innovative category leader has opened an enormous global opportunity. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to help set a long-term path and plan to maximize our growth and potential for the benefit of all of our stakeholders.” 

One of the most immediate challenges Gugino will face in her new

Papa John’s previous CFO, Joe Smith, stepped down in March after about two years in the position.



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Papa John’s

International Inc. said it has tapped Ann Gugino, a

Target Corp.

executive, as its finance chief, effective Monday.

Steve Coke, who has been interim

principal financial

and accounting officer, will continue to be vice president of investor relations and strategy, the company said. Papa John’s previous CFO, Joe Smith, stepped down in March after about two years in the position.

Papa John’s shuffled its management last year after it faced falling sales and controversies, including that surrounding racist remarks by founder and former Chief Executive John Schnatter.

Ms. Gugino served as senior vice president of financial planning and analysis at Target, a role in which she oversaw planning, analysis and capital investment portfolios. She previously worked for 18 years at

Patterson

Cos. Inc., including four years as finance chief.

Write to Dave Sebastian at dave.sebastian@wsj.com

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