Wynnchurch names Papa John’s executive to advisory board

Wynnchurch Capital has hired former president and co-CEO of Papa John’s International Jude Thompson to its newly formed executive advisory board. Thompson has held leadership roles at WellPoint and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, most recently as divisional president. Wynnchurch established its executive advisory board last year.

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Wynnchurch Capital, a leading middle-market, private equity firm, is pleased to announce that Jude Thompson has joined its newly formed Executive Advisory Board. Thompson was most recently president and co-CEO of Papa John’s International, Inc., the world’s third largest pizza company.

Previously, Thompson held several leadership roles at WellPoint, Inc. and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, most recently as divisional president. In this role, he was responsible for management of the company’s individual business unit in the 14 states served by WellPoint, which generated more than $5 billion in revenue.

Thompson is a board member of Central Bank & Trust Company of Jefferson County, ISCO Industries, LLC and Delta Dental of Kentucky. He also has held directorships at several other organizations, including Lindsey Wilson College, Health Enterprise Network, Boy Scouts of America, Greater Louisville, Inc., Louisville Community Initiative, Community Foundation of Louisville, and Greater Louisville Sports Commission.

“Jude is recognized as an expert in delivering revenue in untraditional ways. His perspective will allow us to think differently about revenue growth across our portfolio,” notes John Hatherly, founding partner of Wynnchurch. “His skill and experience set align with the key tenets of our value construction model, and in particular, identifying organic growth opportunities through new go-to-market sales and marketing strategies along with new product development initiatives.”

Established in 2013, the Executive Advisory Board contributes to Wynnchurch’s value construction model by actively connecting influential business leaders with portfolio company leadership to share expertise in targeted industries, geographic markets and business disciplines.

About Wynnchurch Capital: Wynnchurch Capital, headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois with offices in Detroit, Toronto, and an affiliate office in Montreal, was founded in 1999 and is a leading middle-market private equity investment firm. Wynnchurch’s strategy is to partner with middle market companies in the United States and Canada which have outstanding management teams and possess the potential for substantial growth and profit improvement. Wynnchurch focuses on investments in niche manufacturing, business and industrial services, energy and power services, logistics, transportation and value-added distribution. Wynnchurch manages a number of private equity funds with capital under management in excess of $1 billion, specializing in management buyouts, recapitalizations, corporate carve-outs, restructurings and growth capital. For more information, please visit: www.wynnchurch.com.