In the latest development of the current crisis facing Papa John's, ousted founder John Schnatter on Monday made a slew of accusations against Chief Executive Officer Steve Ritchie for causing the company's poor performance.
Those allegations, which Schnatter detailed in a letter addressed to franchisees on the website "savepapajohns.com," blamed Ritchie for "bad financial decisions, insufficient management skills to correct them, a toxic senior management culture, and serious misconduct at the top levels of our leadership."
"The source of the company's poor performance is rot at the top," Schnatter wrote.
Schnatter claimed he had discussed Ritchie's poor performance with the company's board, which agreed and asked the founder to become executive chairman. Then, Schnatter drew up a list of senior management that he wanted to be replaced, including Ritchie.
However, the ousted chairman claimed that Ritchie — through a subordinate who "was having an affair with someone in our IT department" — got hold of that list and engineered Schnatter's departure instead.