Melissa Richards-Person, Papa John's
Vice President, Global Brand Strategy and Consumer Connections
Richards-Person joined Papa John’s in 2009 as senior director of advertising and promotions and eventually moved on to international marketing before assuming her new position this summer. She negotiated the brand’s now-ended sponsorship agreement and renewal with the NFL, and the deals she brokered with MLB and the NHRA are wrapping up seasons three and two, respectively. In an effort to personalize the brand experience, Papa John’s offered “MVPizzas” to Houston-area customers this summer to honor the Rockets’ James Harden, the 2018 NBA MVP.