Watch the archived CEO Signature Series interview with Ken Calwell, CEO of CEO of Papa Murphys Holdings, Inc. [FRSH] (The interview was recorded on: Friday, May 2, 2014).
Ken Calwell - President & Chief Executive Officer
Ken Calwell is Chief Executive Officer and President of Papa Murphy’s International, the #1 consumer rated pizza chain in the United States. Papa Murphy’s continued its growth in 2013, opening just under 100 new stores and achieving its third consecutive year of positive comp store sales increases and 3-year combined comp sales growth. The company now has more than 1,400 franchised and corporate-owned pizza stores in 38 states, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.
Papa Murphy’s core purpose is to bring families together through food people love by making it convenient and a good value to serve hot-from-the-oven fresh pizza.
Calwell joined Papa Murphy’s in June 2011 as President and was promoted to CEO and President in December, 2011. He brings over 25 years of leadership experience at large quick service restaurant chains. This includes his most recent role at Wendy’s International as Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Research and Development. Prior to joining Wendy’s, Ken was the Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Research and Development at Domino’s Pizza and has also held leadership positions at Frito Lay, Pizza Hut, and The Pillsbury Company. A native of Topeka, Kansas, Calwell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University in 1984 and later earned a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University in 1986.
Papa Murphy’s is a high-growth franchisor and operator of the largest Take ‘N’ Bake pizza chain in the United States, selling uncooked pizzas that customers bake at home. The Company was founded in 1981 and currently operates over 1,400 franchised and corporate-owned fresh pizza stores in 37 States, Canada and United Arab Emirates. Papa Murphy’s core purpose is to bring all families together through food people love with a goal to create fun, convenient and fulfilling family dinners. In addition to scratch-made pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of grab 'n' go items, including salads, sides and desserts.