Shaq joins Papa John's as member of the Board of Directors
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal has added another title to his ever-growing list of accomplishments.
According to CNBC, Shaq has been named Papa John's newest board member, and will serve as the board’s first African American director, as well as an investor in nine Papa John’s restaurants in Atlanta. Additionally, The Diesel will serve as an ambassador, as the pizza brand looks to repair their image.
CNN reports that the company will pay O'Neal $8.25 million over three years for the endorsement deal.
"Shaquille has an excellent entrepreneurial background, including as a restaurant franchise owner, and is a natural creative marketer," said Jeff Smith, chairman of Papa John's board of directors.
As noted, Shaq has plenty of experience in the food business. For instance, he owns a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts franchise in Atlanta, a "Big Chicken" spot in Las Vegas, and "Shaquille's" restaurant in Los Angeles.
"Papa John's is building a better culture, and I want to be a part of improving the [company] from the inside," O'Neal said in a statement.