updated - May 22, 2013 Wednesday EDT
Papa John's International Inc. has promoted Steve Higdon to vice president, global communications.
Higdon now is responsible for the Louisville-based pizza chain's global internal and external communications strategies and will serve as the initial contact for media relations and crisis response activities, according to a company statement.
Higdon has served as Senior Director, Partnership Marketing since joining Papa John's in 2012.
"Steve's wide breadth of executive leadership and managerial experience coupled with his significant impact and involvement within the community make him uniquely qualified for this exciting position," said Andrew Varga, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer. "We are thrilled to have him represent the brand while leading our global communications strategies."
Before to joining Papa John's, Higdon spent seven years in the multi-national corporate world with United Parcel Service, eight years as a senior executive, including six as CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the past seven years as a partner (owner) in Faulkner Real Estate, a regional development company.
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